Whole Class Games on Zoom

Thursday, January 14, 2021
It's really hard to believe I'm 80+ days into teaching kindergarten on Zoom. When my principal called to tell me I wouldn't have a class in the building this year, I went on a roller coaster of emotions. First there was the incredible high, realizing I wouldn't have to worry about the virus in the same way so many have had to do. Then, panic set in. Zoom Kindergarten. I mean, just saying it out loud sends shivers up my spine sometimes. When I tell people what I do, I'm always met with the same "deer in the headlights" look. BUT, I'm very glad to quickly say "but it's way better than it sounds!"

And it is.

Really, I'm loving it. It has its ups and downs, just like being in the classroom does. But there's something special about making those connections with their little faces on my screen. 

One thing that we've LOVED that I wanted to share, are these simple little games I've made to play with them. I mean it, they're not complicated, and ANYONE could do this. I'm a PowerPoint guy, through and through. I know, I know... Google, Google, Google, Bahumbug I don't like it and I'm sticking with what I'm good at. #DontJudgeMe

Here's a few of the games we've been playing. The concept is the same for all of them. Create a series of boxes in PowerPoint (or Google Slides for you techno-savvy friends). Hide something behind them. That's it. The possibilities are endless.
Kindergarten Game Distance Learning Zoom
Kindergarten Game Distance Learning Zoom
For these two, I turned off screen share and hid the moose/turkey behind one of the letters/numbers. Turned screen share back on, and they took turns guessing letters/numbers, and I would delete that box. We played until we found the picture, and then we played again. And again and again and again.
Kindergarten Game Distance Learning Zoom

This one we just played today and it was awesome. I hid pairs of rhyming words behind the numbers, and we played "memory." They took turns guessing numbers, and I would delete the boxes they guessed. If they got a match, we moved on to the next turn. If it wasn't a match, I just hit ctrl+z to undo and put the boxes right back. 

The possibilities for this kind of digital game are endless. Hide something behind math facts. Hide them behind shapes. You name it. AND, for reading this far, I'm giving you the rhyming memory game (with 3 slides and 15 pairs of rhyming words) FOR FREE. Click here to add a copy of the game to your Google Drive.

Enjoy!!
-Andrew


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