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Easter Up And Down

Target: Easter vocabulary, numbers Easter
Age: elementary aged and up
Duration: 5 - 10 minutes?
Class Size: Small Groups (large class possible)
Energy Level: medium
Type: Co-operative Whiteboard game
Equipment: Up & Down Board, Marker, Timer

Introduction: Up and Down game-boards are similar to traditional Snakes and Ladder boards. In Snakes and Ladders players usually go up the ladders and down the snakes. With an Up an Down game when players land on a picture square they move to the square with the matching picture. Sometimes this is up and sometimes this is down.

Method of play: Put the game board on the whiteboard and place the marker on the start. Decide on a time limit and start the clock. In turn players call out Easter vocabulary. The marker is moved a number of spaces equalling the length of the word. For example, the word “bell” is 4 spaces, the word “mistletoe” is 9 spaces. How far can the players get within the time limit?

Note: The easiest way is for players to take turns calling out vocabulary and for the teacher to write the vocabulary on the board and then the group counts the number of letters together. Alternatively, players can write words and once a word is correctly written it is transferred to the whiteboard and the marker moved. Words are written on the whiteboard so that they are not used more than once. It is a good idea for players to look ahead and make sure they don't end up going down.

Of course, there is no necessity to limit the game to Easter vocabulary. Any theme can be used, spring, baby animals etc.

An alternative to using a timer is to limit the number of words that can be called - how far can the group get up the board using, say, twenty words?

An alternative to calling out vocabulary is to use flashcards (pictures on front. words on back). Divide into two or more piles. Players take turns choosing a card from the top of any pile. They can then count the number of letters on the back of the card. This method works with kindergarten aged children as well.

Easter Up and Down

GetFile Note: There are two files that can be downloaded. The first makes a large board suitable for putting on a white board, the second makes a small board for using on a table.

getfile: Easter Up and Down

PDF File A3, 4 pages, 845 kb (makes a B2 board)

PDF File B4, 1 page, 710 kb (makes a B4 board)

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