I Have….Who Has? Freebie

           I have….Who has? 

         One quick way to include daily practice and motivate students to master basic facts is through the use of the I have… Who Has? card decks.  These decks can be created for virtually any topic. The decks can be used as both a whole class practice or as a center activity for partners or small groups. 

There are several strategies to use when implementing this activity:
  • Distributing Cards:   Distribute one card to each student, then distribute the extras to strong students in the beginning and to random students as the class becomes more familiar with the deck.
  • Class Play:   As you distribute the cards, encourage students to begin thinking about what the question for their card might be so that they are prepared to answer.   When all cards are distributed, have the student with the start card begin.   Play until the congratulations card is reached. 
  • Timed Play:   Consider using a stopwatch to time the class game.   Record the time on the board so that students try each game to beat their current best time.   This practice encourages students to stay attentive and prompts students to practice skills so that the class time improves.  
  • Partner or Small-Group Play:  
    • One student deals out the cards to all players.
    • Players arrange the cards face-up in front of them.  
    • Play begins with the start card.
    • Play continues as in the class game. .
    • Students turn over the cards after reading them. (to help them keep up with their cards)
    • Play until the end card. 
    • Shuffle the cards and repeat the game.

       To get everyone started or to add to your collections here are some freebies:


Choice Boards Freebies

      As a fifth and sixth grade teacher I am always looking for ways to get my student active in their learning. We have been using choice boards this year and they love it. A choice board offers students a way to make decisions about what they will do in order to meet class requirements.  A choice board could be for a single 
lesson, a week-long lesson, or even a month-long period of study. They also allow the teacher to work with small groups while students are practicing skills. 

      Free examples can be seen on my Reading Street Resources page. I will be creating more tic-tac-toe boards as the year goes on, so be sure to come by and borrow as much as you need. Below are some great sites with more examples and information:


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