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Real learning can be fun with games for the brain!
The Engage the Brain: Games series offers practical activities that energize students, increase brain connections to content, and reinforce learning in a nonthreatening atmosphere.
Derived from tested, research-based strategies found in the bestseller Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites, this book provides activities that incorporate games aligned with national academic standards for language arts, math, science, social studies, physical education, art, and music.
You will find brain-friendly activities that can be integrated easily into your lesson plans to inspire enthusiasm and help students achieve. Each game provides learning objectives, a comprehensive materials list, step-by-step guidelines for playing the game, activities for extended learning, and required reproducibles such as game cards, game boards, and scorecards. Discover favorites such as pin the tail on the donkey, tag, charades, and tic-tac-toe applied to second-grade content in games like Cause and Effect Charades, Liquid Tag, and Tic-Tac-Toe Bingo. All games include a focus activity, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, and a closing. Students actively process content as they play existing games, and construct and design a variety of new ones.
Use these engaging activities to supplement your curriculum goals in
- Cause and effect
- Antonyms, synonyms, and language
- Patterns, classification, and symmetry
- Physical, earth, and life sciences
- Art, music, physical education, and more!
Watch your students thrive and grow with creative experiences that incorporate movement, teamwork, healthy competition, and interpersonal skills!
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