Learning and Sharing

rat-a-tat-Cat and Other Fun Stuff

on November 23, 2013

We like to rotate games in Lunch Buddies and sometimes we even alter the rules.  It keeps everyone on their toes!  Slamwich has been rotated out and rat-a-tat-Cat is in.


It is a tough game but everyone loves it!  Playing this game teaches strategy, memory building, and develops an intuitive sense of probability.  No matter how badly a player may want to SWAP a card with another player, it might not be the best move in the long run.  So, last week, after our social coaching activity, we played rat-a-tat-Cat.

Still working on that social thinking concept of Group Plan in Mrs. Lindstrom’s Kindergarten class.  After reviewing the concept, my plan was to read the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury and talk about how the family in the book had a Group Plan, how we know they had a group plan, what might happen if someone followed their own plan.  I have hundreds of books in Rm.99 and I know We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is one of them.  On Tuesday, I could not put my hand on it.  Luckily, I am a flexible thinker (most of the time? some of the time?) and the thought popped into my head that I just might find a video on TeacherTube.  Indeed, I did and the students were happy.  I used my iPad and we were able to pause the video when we needed to.

Mrs. Rairden and I don’t know much about video games.  There are a couple of Lunch Buddies who ONLY want to talk about their favorite video game, Minecraft.  It is ok to talk about it for a few minutes, but not when others in the group are excluded from the conversation, and Mrs. Rairden and I get bored after a few minutes of Minecraft talk.  This week it was time to read, But It’s Just A Game, by our favorite author, Julia Cook.


In the story, Jasper lets video games “control” his life.

But, in the end, he understands the importance of balance.  Keeping balance means that we all need to have more than one interest.  A conversation should be balanced and inclusive with everyone’s input.  A conversation can be about a variety of topics.


Fun week!

Turkey time’s a’ comin’ !



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