Jean Saragosa is one our language arts teachers. She sent out an email asking for several different colors of dry erase markers. That got my attention. I emailed her and asked her to tell me what she was doing with all of those markers. Here's her response:
"After attending a wonderful workshop on teaching and implementing the multi-sensory grammar program I decided to design a game to practice the skills I would introduce to my students. The trainer of the program asked if she could visit our class and see how the program was being implemented. I invited her to visit on a day when we were ready to review.
My students had been learning about and practicing the multi-sensory grammar model. With this program each part of speech has a specific color. We finally finished covering all the parts of speech so I decided to review and play a game. The review (and game) are attached in a keynote.
The game-- students were paired up (or in threes) and given a small white board, a black dry erase marker, a mini eraser and enough colored foam squares (squares of colored construction paper could also be used) to cover all 8 parts of speech.
Each team was to re-write the pre-determined sentence (in black) and color-code it on their white board as quickly as possible using the foam squares (sentences were displayed on the overhead one at a time). When the partners were done writing down and color-coding the sentence, one person from their team stood up (I took the first 5 students -- and gave them a index card with 1,2,3,4 or 5 written on it--this helped me determine who was 1st, 2nd, etc.) My student teacher helped keep score.
For scoring: If the team (with index card 1) had the sentence properly color-coded they received 3 points, the team (with index card 2) received 2 points if they successfully color-coded the sentence, and the 3rd, 1 point. We played to 20. I chose the first 5 in case a team didn’t have the sentence color-coded properly. This kept all students actively involved and even teams that got behind could easily catch up quickly.
I found that all students actively participated and helped their teammate to properly color-code each sentence. The students did not want to stop playing!"
The prizes were:
1st place = a weekend off from reading plus a piece of candy (my students read 30+ minutes EACH NIGHT including weekends :)
2nd place = one weekday evening off from reading plus a piece of candy
3rd place = a piece of candy
This download may be a little faster: