– Classroom Games
Fair Play! Classroom Games is an essential two-book photocopiable resource series for classroom teachers and teacher aides. The games have been designed for use with pairs, small groups or teams of students. Alternatively, they can be used by a classroom support person who is working on developing social interaction skills with individual students. Other skills targeted cover listening, following instructions and teamwork.
Each game acts as a reinforcement for a number of basic literacy, numeracy or general social skills. But the main focus is on helping students to develop and improve the skills of turn-taking, fair play and being a good winner or loser in a safe, structured and fun learning context.
The games in the series can also be used independently by early finishers, or as a class ‘treat’. For example, a ‘games hour’ on a Friday afternoon.
Teachers should photocopy and laminate the games’ instructions and just photocopy player pages, taking care to keep them together. Depending on how teachers intend to use them, it is recommended that you put the laminated sheets into boxes with labelling which suits the approaches you intend to take. For example “Quick Games”, “Brain Teasers”, “Word Games” and so on.
Each Book in the series contains twenty games. Each game consists of a ‘How to Play’ page (which can be laminated) and a ‘Player Page’ for copying. Many ‘Player Pages’ also have templates so that games can be adapted. Very few additional resources are necessary, mainly just dice and counters.
Fair Play! Book A contains games 1 to 20 and includes the following games: A Spell of Football; Sounds Great; Alphabet Squares; Dictionary Search; Anagram Squares; Four Letter Opposites; Word Makes 2; Lucky Lists; Sounds Good; Starters; A Long Spell; Kick a Goal; To the Top; Choose a Topic; Square Ups; Growing Words; Climb the Ladder; A Bunch of Fives; Fruit Salad; Fours.
Fair Play! Book B contains games 21 to 40 and includes the following games: Odds and Evens; Multiplo; Dotty Shapes; Bingo Battle; Drop Shot; Table Tricks; Skittles; Team Totals; Hunt for Treasure; Down and Across; Dot Designs; Double Stepping Stones; Flower Power; Double Up; Number Noughts and Crosses; Class Act; Joining Up; Follow the Arrows; Crazy Critters; Sim
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Peter Clutterbuck has been a prolific author of educational texts for many years. As a practising and wholly committed classroom teacher, he has been able to collect tried and tested activities and create and trial interesting new exercises that have proved to be not only educationally successful but also eagerly anticipated and enjoyed by both students and teachers. Peter’s books are always practical and user-friendly. The activities challenge students and generate an enthusiastic desire for learning.
See also: More Fair Play! (the follow-on series)