This is a great activity for students to learn cooperative learning/ team work while following directions and completing tasks in sequence.
This activity can be done independently with a partner or with the whole class. But in this post we'll focus on the team work/ group learning benefits.
Fast Food- Have your students challenge each other to see who can make an ice cream cone the fastest! Give each student a stack of (3-5 cards) and see who can complete the order the fastest! My students love to turn this into a whole class challenge with the winners facing off.
Great way to incorporate work training into the classroom!
The Regular- Give your students one card at a time to memorize. They have to turn it over and build it without looking at the card.
Picky Eater- Partner up. One student is given the card, and the other student stands a few feet away throwing the ingredients at their partner. The person making the ice-cream cone is to only catch the necessary ingredients to make the burger and assemble it. Once each ice-cream cone has been completed students trade off who's throwing and who’s assembling.
I generally make this into a competition and give each team 3-5 ice-cream cones to complete.
Where is it?- Teams or individual players race to make their ice-cream cones, but they have the extra challenge of having to find the ingredients that have been hidden around the room.
I love having my other students hide the ingredients and tell their classmates if they’re getting hot or cold.
It’s All in the Team- Break your class into teams of 2-3 kids and have them complete to see who can properly assessable their ice-cream cones first. (5-7 cards per team)
These games are not only fun, but they can also be educational and helpful in reinforcing key concepts and ideas learned in class.
Do you have a favorite game that you use in your special education classroom?
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