Friday, July 24, 2020


We are excited that so many have signed up for "Dr. Jean's Toolbox for the Virtual Classroom."  

I will do my best to make it meaningful and fun, and you will definitely leave with a toolbox of practical strategies.  The session on Thursday, July 30, from 12-2 is full.  (Sorry, I put Thursday, July 31, yesterday.  It is the 30th.)  Several teachers requested that we offer it later in the day because they were teaching.  Here are links to the additional sessions:

Thursday, July 30, 2020

4:00 PM

Friday, July 31st  10-12

Now...on with the games!


Mystery Word

This game is similar to “Wheel of Fortune.” The teacher thinks of a word and makes blanks on the board for the number of letters. As children call out letters, the teacher writes them on the appropriate blanks. If a child calls out a letter that is not in the word the teacher draws a head on the board. For each letter that is not in the word the teacher adds features (ears, eyes, nose, mouth, etc.) to the head. The children try to identify the word before the head is completed. 

*Keep a “bone pile” in the corner where you write letters that are not in the word. 




Note! You can adapt the picture for any animal or holiday object, such as a pumpkin, bear, etc. 

Tic Tac Toe

Children will need paper, crayons, and a hard surface. Tell them to make a big tic tac toe frame in the middle of their paper. Next, ask them to write a letter in each section. Randomly call out alphabet letters. If they have that letter on their grid they can color it in. The first one to get three in a row or cover their whole frame wins.

*Adapt for numbers, sight words, or other skills.


Bingo (Nancy Walsh) 

Let the children create their board (writing numbers 0-20 anywhere on a piece of paper and on the other side of the paper the letters A-Z). Call 

out either numbers or letters until everyone is a winner at the bingo hall. 

Beat the Teacher (Cynthia Leonard)
The teacher slowly writes a numeral (letter, word) on the screen. The students try to guess the numeral before the teacher finishes writing.

Thumbs Up - Thumbs Down

You could use this to review information or ask children's opinions about books or other topics. If they agree with what you say they put their thumb up. If they don't agree they do thumbs down.
For example:
A beach ball is a sphere. (Thumbs up!)
4 + 3 = 2 (Thumbs down!)
I like bananas. (Thumbs up or down.)