I know that somewhere in the abyss filled with teaching materials that we have all stored up over the years is a set of flashcards, maybe hoards of flashcards. Com’on, you can admit it. I still have mine too.
With the growing popularity and usefulness of flashcard games and apps, you may see your flashcard collection as obsolete. Hold on, because this month’s Thursday Tool School series is dedicated to all of
you us who keep hoping there will again be a usefulness for flashcards.
Stay tuned for the next three weeks as I will be sharing some fun flashcard games with you. Up first is “Flashcard Swat”!
Here’s how to set it up:
1. Use a poster board to program a 3 x 3 array with 9 flash cards. Note: Depending on the ability level of your students, you may choose to use flashcards with the same operation or mix it up.
2. Place the array on your classroom white/chalkboard so that the students can reach all of the rectangles with a fly-swatter.
3. Ask for two volunteers to come to the front of the room and stand on the left and right side of the Swat-it! board.
4. Hand each student a fly-swatter.
5. Give a solution.
6. Students use the fly-swatter to swat a flashcard whose solution matches the solution given.
7. The first student to swat a correct flashcard is the winner.
Ready to give it a try? This game is super versatile because you can easily swap out the flashcards. Want to be really crafty? Hole punch the top of each flashcard and glue small hooks on each of the poster board’s rectangles so that you can change the flashcards quickly. Happy Swatting!