Wednesday, September 12, 2012

There Are Rules? Follow up!!

As a follow up to Monday's post There are Rules? Social Skills Game (click here to view), I wanted to share the game board that the student ended up creating!!!  After my 4th grade social skills group played the There are Rules? activity/game, we decided as a group that we wanted to create our own game.  The kids enjoyed the dice "game"  but we decided to really be able to make up the rules we would use a board game!!

I Googled game board templates and came across exactly what we needed at!! Score!!  Thank you Donna Young!!!

So at our Tuesday social skills lunch bunch, we discussed the There are Rules? game and I introduced the game board template.  We utilized the "Create Your Own Game" template from There Are Rules? packet as a guideline, answering each section as a group, getting input from everyone!!!

The kids were super enthusiastic to do this activity!!!  It was really cool to go ever each section of "Create your Own Game" template creating the game rules as a group.  I just asked the question in each section, the kids did the rest!!!  Below is the finished game board.

What activities do you use for creating rules?

Monday, September 10, 2012

There Are Rules? Social Skills Game

A friend of mine, who is a special education teacher, was perusing her favorite blogs for some back to school activities.  She was looking for something about rules at the beginning of the school year.

She came across this great activity for explaining and developing rules on Pamela Rountree's  Teaching 4 Real  blog!!  Pamela created this amazing activity which I downloaded from her TeachersPayTeachers store for FREE!!!!!!! ( I heart TeachersPayTeachers, but that is a post for another day!!) 

I thought wow!!, this would be a great introduction activity for my 4th grade social skills group!!  Basically, to play the There Are Rules? game/activity, you need 2 dice and some kids!  The premise is that you just hand out the dice and tell the students to "start playing" and walk away!! 

For my social skills group, I put the 2 dice down on the table while the 4 students were eating lunch (It's a Lunch Bunch!!).  I told them "okay, start playing!"  The kids all looked at me like I was strange!!  After a about a minute of them looking at me and each other, one student picked up both dice and took a turn rolling.  He passed the dice to the player on his left who also took 1 roll, saying what he got.  That player passed the dice to the player on his left, who also took his turn.  He passed the both dice to the boy on his left (skipping me).  That boy started telling the group about the various probabilities of the dice.  I interjected, "ahh a rule!"  The boys continued passing the dice like this for a few minutes with out any rules.  Then I said "now all odd numbers are 1 point."  So they rolled trying to get odd numbers.   A few minutes later I said "even numbers are worth 2 points."  The boy to my left, rolled 2 fives and he made a rule that that is worth 10 points which is the most points.  He then proceeded to roll the dice several more times, seeing what he could get.  This of course annoyed the other players causing them to correct him, beg for the dice, look to me to stop it and grabbing the dice from him.  What a perfect scenario to introduce the reason why we have rules...the object of the game, Brilliant!!!!!!!! 

To close the activity, we discussed why the game got out of hand, what could have prevented that and why rules are important to have and know upfront!!  Even though this was labeled as a back to school activity, it also turned out to be a Fantastic Social Skills Activity too!!  The kids really understood this concept and asked to make up their own game!!  We are going to do that tomorrow!!

What cool activities have you done to introduce the idea of rules?