Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fish Bowl!

This party game is totally adaptable to the classroom!

Fish Bowl! A fun game that can be adapted for the classroom.

We hosted some of our good friends for a game night a few weeks ago. We have played Taboo, Loaded Questions, Cards Against Humanity, and some other games in the past, so I wanted to try something new. I put my Google skills to work and located a game called Fish Bowl! It was a blast!

We started off the evening with food. We set up a make-your-own-chalupa bar and our guests brought an appetizer or a dessert. While we were eating and chatting, I told everyone to take 3 slips of paper I had cut in advance and write the name of a famous person everyone in the room should know on each slip. Then they folded them up and put them in a bowl.

When we were ready to play, we divided up into two teams. This game has three rounds.

Round 1: Taboo
Team A needs to select someone to go first, while Team B needs a volunteer to watch the timer (set at one minute). We used the timer on someone's phone. The person from Team A grabs a piece of paper from the container and tries to have his/her teammates guess the word on the paper using only words and sentences as hints, without using any motions, "sounds like..." hints, or spelling hints. The person tries to have their team guess as many words as they can in one minute. It's important for both teams to pay attention because you need to remember the guessed words/phrases for subsequent rounds.

If the team is unable to guess the word/phrase, the person has the option to "pass", put the word/phrase back into the container and continues with a new word/phrase. The person can only pass once during his/her one minute.

After one minute, Team A counts the number of successfully guessed words/phrases. Each guessed word/phrase counts as one point. Team B is next, and selects a volunteer from their team to start. A person from Team A will watch the timer, set at one minute. This alternating process continues until all of the words from the container have been used. When the words run out, place all the words/phrases back into the container for the second round.

Round 2: Password
Following the same process as the first round, the next team will select someone to go first, while the other team sets the timer for one minute. However, in this round, the person can use only one word as a hint for their team to guess. The team needs to recall the words/phrases in the previous round. Once all the words in the container run out, place all the words back into the container for the third round.

Round 3: Charades
In this final round, the person needs to act and use motions as hints for their team to guess the word/phrase. You are not allowed to speak or make sounds. When all the words run out, tally all the points. The team with the most points wins the game.

We had a blast playing the game. Some of the names in the bowl included Kim Kardashian, Hitler, Tim Duncan (plays for our local NBA team, the Spurs), our much-detested former school superintendent, and Albert Einstein.

After we finished the game (my team won!), we talked about ways this game could be played in classrooms. You could use vocabulary words for the words in the bowl. Wouldn't it be fun to play with the names of people you honored during Black History Month? What about science or math concepts? Spelling words? Let me know in the comments if you think of a great way to implement this!

I've made a freebie for you with the directions. You can download it here. Have fun!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Currently February

Can you believe January is over and it's time for another Currently? I didn't do very well with my resolution to blog more, did I. Sigh. Well, anyway, here is my contribution to the linky.

  • I am listening to reruns of The Big Bang Theory. It is probably my most favorite show. I always watch reruns of it if there isn't something new on that I am dying to see.
  • I am loving that the primaries have started. I have very strong opinions about politics. Don't worry, I won't share them here.
  • I'm thinking about the Krispy Kreme doughnut I just scarfed down. We went to a birthday dinner for a good friend, and the restaurant happened to be near a KK store. I am powerless to resist when the light is on. The struggle is real, y'all.
  • I am wanting to empty out the storage unit I am still paying rent on. I'm embarrassed to say that it's been half done for quite a while now. First it was too hot, then it was too cold. We have beautiful weather right now, so I need to be like Goldilocks and get it done.
  • I am needing a clean house. Again. Ugh. I just don't understand Why won't it stay clean after I get it done. We are having a few people over to watch the Super Bowl, so that is giving me motivation.
  • I'm swooning over all the new blog designs out there. I just took the plunge and asked Kristen from Chalk & Apples Design to give mine a makeover. I'm loving the sleek, modern approach.
Okay, it's your turn! Go on over to Farley's blog, add your link, and check out some other folks while you are at it. Don't forget the Rule of Three!
Oh Boy It's Farley

Friday, January 1, 2016

January Currently

Oh, my goodness. Can you believe it is already the new year? It seems like 2015 just flew by!

Here is my contribution to Farley's Currently.

  • I am listening to football. I am not a football fan. If given the choice, I will change the channel. Today I don't have the choice.
  • I am loving the cooler weather that finally arrived. It feels more like winter. I don't like the terrible storms that damaged Texas north of me, though. Such destruction right after Christmas is unbelievably sad.
  • I'm thinking about the game night we are hosting tomorrow. We have a great group of friends who are coming over. We will serve a make your own chalupa bar and play a couple of new games. Maybe I'll post about it after it's over.
  • I am wanting nothing. I am truly lucky to be so content in my life. 
  • I am needing a clean house. See Game Night above.
  • One Little Word.....
I've been thinking a lot about what I want my One Little Word to be for the upcoming year. After much contemplation, I've decided that my One Little Word is more.

Not more things - I don't need more material possessions. No, this is about a change in frame of mind.

In 2016 I want.....

More blogging
More working on TpT
More collaboration
More gratitude
More patience
More kindness
More forgiveness

I am determined to follow through this year.

Now go visit Farley's blog and check out the other posts this month! Don't forget the Rule of Three.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Currently

It's hard to believe it is already December and the year is almost over. Can you believe 2016 will be here before we know it? 

Here is the December Currently!

  • I am listening to Chopped. I love that show. I've watched it for so long that I'm getting pretty good at figuring out who is going to be chopped.
  • I am loving that I got to spend Thanksgiving with my sister's family in Alabama. I have 2 nephews there and a great niece and a great nephew. I don't get to see them nearly enough. It was lots of fun hanging out with a 6 and an 8 year old.
  • I'm thinking about the basketball meet and greet I attended tonight for our UTSA Lady Roadrunners. It was great to hang out with the team and the coaches. 
  • I am wanting to start writing more on my blog. I've been such a slacker.
  • I am needing to finish my Christmas shopping. I'm almost through, but I need a few ideas for my mother-in-law. It doesn't help that her birthday is Dec. 23, so I need 2 gifts.
  • Real or Faux: Somebody around here (not me) is allergic to real trees, so we have a faux one we decorate with patriotic colors and stars.
Now go visit Farley's blog and check out the other posts this month! Don't forget the Rule of Three.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Teachers Pay Teachers Sale

It's time for the Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Monday (and Tuesday!) sale! My entire store is 20% off. Use the code SMILE when you check out and save 28%!

Happy shopping, saving, and smiling!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Bright Ideas Year in Review

Welcome to the November edition of the Bright Ideas Link Up. This month is a special one. Over the past year, teacher bloggers have shared hundreds of great ideas through the monthly Bright Ideas Link Up, and now we are sharing a recap of some of the great ideas that were published during the year. Below are some of the ideas I shared.

In February, I told you about using mini class lists to help keep you organized.

In March, I shared a way that helped me remember to take things with me when I left for the day.

In May, I brought you an idea to give positive feedback to students.

And in July, I shared a way to help you have a perfectly straight and aligned bulletin board display.

I had a lot of fun putting together this short recap. You can find more of my Bright Ideas by clicking on the Bright Ideas label in the column to the right.

If you enjoyed reading this recap, please consider visiting my Teachers Pay Teachers store and joining me on Facebook or Instagramwhere I share more great ideas.

For more Bright Idea roundups from different bloggers, please browse through the link-up below. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Currently

It's already November and I have been a bad, bad blogger! No posts since Farley's last Currently!

  • I am listening to Flea Market Flip. I am amazed that people at a flea market will pay that kind of money for the stuff these people make. I'm convinced the buyers just decide to pay that for the privilege of being on tv.
  • I am loving that we got some rain. We've had such a drought here. But I do feel so bad for the people who were flooded here in central south Texas again. I can't even imagine how hard that must be.
  • I'm thinking that I am glad college basketball is starting again. This year, I came up with the idea to write notes of encouragement for out UTSA Lady Roadrunners to read before away games. Five of us season ticket holders created three notes each so the team can read one before each road game.
  • I am wanting willpower. I definitely ride the struggle bus when it comes to holiday food, starting with Halloween candy. 'Nuff said.
  • I am needing to start Christmas shopping. I'm going to my sister's house in Alabama for Thanksgiving and plan to take the Christmas presents with me instead of trying to mail them. Yikes! That's only three weeks before I need to be ready.
  • Yummy: I am in love with homemade cranberry sauce instead of the canned stuff. And it's so easy to make. Here's where you can find the recipe.

Now go visit Farley's blog and check out the other posts this month! Don't forget the Rule of Three.