Friday, April 27, 2012

Silence is Golden....Super Silence Game

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/clipart/clip/quiet.html
Have you ever had one of those afternoons when you just can't deal anymore? You know, the one where you just might not make it until the end of the day?  They won't stop talking; they aren't doing their work.  I personally haven't (please note the sarcasm), but I thought I'd share a simple trick with you to help you get through the next time this happens to you. :) Play the silent game...with a twist!

Pass out a piece of candy (I get the dollar bags from WalMart) to EVERY student and tell them that they are going to play the Super Silence Game.  They may NOT eat their piece of candy until they get home.
 
The rules for the kids are quite simple:
1.  Stay quiet.
2.  Look for students who are talking.  If you (the student) catch someone, you (the student) get to take the talking student's candy. (depending on your children you may not want to give them the power of taking other kid's candy)

That's it.  It's another one of those games, like Kings and Queens, that you think won't work, but you'll be pleasantly surprised! You can read aloud, have them do silent work, have them clean the room, pack up...whatever!  It only works about 20-30 minutes, so don't abuse it.  They will even walk quietly down the hallway on the way out.  Golden!


Silence on!

3 comments:

  1. That is such a great little twist on the game! I would never have thought to do that. Good thinking!

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  2. I love this idea! I will definitely need to try this during the last few weeks of school because there are points -- usually in the mid afternoon -- where I just need a few minutes of quiet think time, and I have some students who really struggle with that. Maybe this will help. Thanks for sharing!

    Alison
    Eberopolis

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  3. That's pretty good! We play "Ghosts in a Graveyard" sometimes when I really want them quiet. Students have to find a spot on the floor to lay down, and they can't move or talk. Someone walks around and calls people out. The problem with that is once they're out, they start getting loud.

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