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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Rooster Games 2016!

Team Red matching book titles with their characters

On Monday our fourth graders participated in the 8th Annual Ashaway School Rooster Games!  All of the students who read at least five of the books on the list of nominees for the Rhode Island Children's Book Award were invited to participate.  The five teams (each a mix of boys and girls from both fourth grade classrooms) competed in a variety of games that were based on books from the list.

I had three students who earned special recognition by reading all 15 of the RICBA nominees that I bought for Ashaway School.  I started off the games by awarding Champion Reader medals to these students!

Two of the games are set up on PowerPoint and the students use marker boards to display their answers. Students match pictures from each book to their titles in the Illustration Round, and they answer multiple choice and short answer questions in the Question Round.  Two other games involve matching the titles to characters and matching objects to the books they represent.  

Team Yellow earning a point during the Question Round

Team Green earning a point during the Illustration Round

"Boards up!"

Team Blue shows a pair of matching object cards

Team White working together during the Object Round

This year I introduced reading relays, and the kids loved them!  I based the first on a game that was featured on the show "Minute to Win It" in which students held an uncooked strand of spaghetti in their mouths and used them to pick up pieces of ziti without using their hands.  I called the game Sharks and Seals after the RICBA book Neighborhood Sharks.  The team earned one point for every seal captured by each shark!

I called the second reading relay the Homophone Hustle.  In the story Rain Reign, main character Rose has an obsession for homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings).  In this game, the students raced to match their homophone cards with the corresponding words on the other side of the gym.  It was fast-paced fun!

Making a match!

Rushing back to the starting line so a teammate can go!

With six teams competing at once, there was a LOT of action!

This year's winner was Team Orange, but there's no prize for winning the Rooster Games.  At the end of the day all of the students who qualified to participate in the games gets to enjoy a pizza party sponsored by our P.T.O., so they truly are all winners!

Team Orange: Winners of the 2016 Rooster Games!
It was a really fun event, and it couldn't have happened without the support of our fourth grade teachers, our parent volunteers, and our Ashaway School P.T.O.  My sincerest thanks go out to them all! 

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