Maggies's Earth Adventure activities are meant to be a supplement
to your curriculum. Teachers can give specific activities to do
as a way to get extra practice in a skill set or as an educational
reward. For grades 12, the following activities are appropriate:
Goals: This matching/memory game gives children a greater
awareness of homophones. Children click on a square, and a word
is revealed. They then look for the matching homophone. When all
words have been matched, a picture is revealed
Classroom Use: Awareness is the first step to using homophones
correctly. By seeing the different words in this game, children
will realize there are two ways to use many words. After enjoying
the game, you may want to have your students make their own Super
Match game with paper and pencil. Have them write a homophone
such as scene on a card. They should write its definition on another
card. Do the same for its homophone, seen. One child could do
a complete set of these cards or each child in the class could
do a pair of homophones for a classroom set of homophones. Put
the cards together and you have a child-created center game!
Extension: Do your students ever confuse it's and
its? If so, they are not alone. Many times these homophones
are written incorrectly even in professional publications. The
cartoon, "You Must Be Choking" contains a game designed
to help your students learn when to use it's and when its is the
correct choice. Just go to www.missmaggie.org
and click on the big red button. Find the Cartoon section. When
you see the video camera, click to launch the animation. Not only
will your students learn about its and it's, but they will be
learn more about air pollution.
Maggie's Earth Adventures offers an archive of past Weekly Activity
Packets. Many of these classroom-ready activities feature a language
theme, including homophones. Click on the blue Weekly Activity
bar on the homepage for information on how to sign up for these
activities and learn how to get our extensive archive of past
Clean Up Your Grammar
Goals: Your students can practice with noun / verb identification
by "cleaning up the trash on the beach!" Level One contains
easier words and Level Two is made up of more challenging vocabulary.
This game is also good for reading and vocabulary development.
Classroom Use: After playing this game, motivate your
students to practice their grammar skills by using their interests.
They can make posters showing nouns and verbs in different ways.
For example, a child who loves basketball might draw a basketball
court. He could draw several balls all containing nouns by one
basket and more balls containing verbs by the other basket.
Extension: For more language activities, visit www.missmaggie.org.
Click on the blue Weekly Activity bar on the homepage for information
on how to sign up for our weekly activities and learn how to get
our extensive archive of past packets. Many of these classroom-ready
activities feature language themes.
Fish 'Em Up!
Goals: This version of Fish 'Em Up is great for fun spelling
practice. When playing this game students will spot when it is
necessary to add es to a word and when adding s is the acceptable
Fish "Em Up 2: Now I'm Hooked gives needed practice
with another inflectional ending objective when to
double a consonant or drop a y before adding the ending. These
games give children needed practice in making these syllable juncture
Classroom Use: After presenting the appropriate rules
and completing pencil and paper activities, send your children
to the classroom computer to practice these skills. You can even
encourage students to make their own data bank of words for these
games. Have them design other possible interactive games based
on new spelling principles you may be studying.
Goals: This game gives your students practice in the four
calculation areas, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and
division, along with mixed practice. They will love rescuing Maggie's
dog, Dude, from a rooftop. Even older children love to watch the
helicopter come closer and closer to Dude as they correctly answer
the math problems. Within each area of play there are 3 levels:
Easier, Harder, and Extreme.
Classroom Use: As with many of Maggie's games, the several
levels offered allow you to differentiate for instruction. Students
needing review can be assigned to practice at one level, while
those needing a challenge can be assigned a higher level. Because
all students are playing the same game, they can still share the
experience of rescuing Dude!
Extension: Looking for ways your children can extend their
thinking about numbers? Send them to www.missmaggie.org.
Click on the Games area, click on Target Math. This game helps
students understand there are many names for one number (8 + 4,
20 - 8, one ten and 2 ones are all names for 12).
Around the World in 80 Seconds
Goals: This game allows for practice in the four calculation
areas, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, along
with mixed practice. Within each area of play there are 2 levels:
Easier and Harder. In this game, speed is emphasized. Your children
will get essential calculation practice while building speed.
The bonus is that children also develop a greater understanding
Classroom Use: A good way to use this game is to have
children keep a Progress
Chart (PDF) of each game's time. This way, children are working
toward their personal best. They have a visual record of progress
which is motivating. You also have a chart to share with parents
detailing a child's abilities.
Extension: There are many more interactive math games found embedded
in the cartoon section at www.missmaggie.org.
Your primary children may enjoy counting fish and then stating
the third of the total number of fish. This interactive activity
can be found in the cartoon, "A Great Catch." For problem
solving activities involving pencil and paper, visit the Teachers'
Lounge at Maggie's Earth Adventures.
El Dilema de Dude See Dude's Dilemma under Grammar
Alredor del Mundo en 80 Segundos See Around the
World in 80 Seconds under Grammar
Spanish English Cycle Race
Goals: Your budding Spanish speakers will have a chance
to practice new vocabulary on 2 levels. The Easy Level features
many color and number words, the Advanced Level reinforces other
vocabulary needed by the beginning Spanish speaker.
Classroom Use: This game is helpful in foreign language
classrooms to help children practice basic Spanish vocabulary.
It is also helpful for ESL students as they can practice English
vocabulary. Follow up by giving your students a long piece of
bulletin board paper. Have them create their own bike race by
writing Spanish (or English) words on a bike path. Draw a bike
with a basket and duplicate. Children can cut these out and write
the meanings of the words in the bike basket. Glue them next to
the correct word on the bike path. Hang in a long hallway!
Extension: Most of Maggie's Earth Adventures is available
in both English and Spanish. Spanish and ESL teachers can have
children change the language toggler to Spanish. Maggie and her
friends will speak in Spanish in the cartoons, activities will
appear in Spanish, and you can even receive our Weekly Activity
Packets in Spanish. Be sure to check out this exciting feature!
Limpia tu gramática See Clean Up Your Grammar under
Puzzle de Contarseña
Goals: This game offers two levels of vocabulary for the
Spanish learner. Unlike the Spanish/English Bike game students
need to guess consonants and vowels to create a Spanish word.
Classroom Use: This game is helpful in foreign language
classrooms to help children practice and learn new Spanish vocabulary
words. The design of the game allows students to quickly recognize
many of the frequently used consonants and vowels of the Spanish
language as they unlock each lock. They will quickly learning
spelling patterns too. Two levels are offered providing a range
of Spanish words for the new and advanced Spanish speaker. Have
your students design their own password puzzler using index cards.
Encourage them to "trick" their opponent with some of
the new words they learned playing Password Puzzler in Spanish.
Extension: The sister game of Password Puzzler in Spanish
is Password Puzzler in English. Use this in your English learning
classroom for new vocabulary and in elementary classrooms for
practice in spelling. You will find these words likely correlate
as follows: Level One second and third grade, Level Two
fourth grade and above. Children also love this game as
they enjoy spotting letter patterns in words (s at the beginning
may be followed by h, etc.) and discovering which letters are
used most often in English.
All of Maggie's Earth Adventures Cartoons are available in Spanish.
Log on and have your students listen to the Cartoons. It's a great
way to introduce the ear to the Spanish language and if they don't
understand it all that's okay, just switch the language toggle
and view in English.
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