5 Minute Fillers
Have a little extra time in class?
Here are some quick activities you can do that will have your kids using their higher level thinking skills and problem solving abilities!
Sprouts is a dot and line game played with just paper and pencil. Students draw a small set of dots to begin (even two dots is enough). The object is to continue connecting those dots with lines.
- Connect two dots with a line (curvy is fine).
- Put a new dot somewhere on that line.
- Each dot can only have three lines connected to it.
- Lines may never cross each other.
- You lose when you can’t draw another line
In this sample, there is only one dot remaining in the end with fewer than three connections, so the player cannot make a new line.
This game is called Domineering. All you need are paper and a pencil. Graph paper would be a luxury.
- Set up a grid of any size. Try 3×4, 4×4, or 5×4.
- Both players place a 2×1 block on their turn
- Player 1 must place his horizontally
- Player 2 places hers vertically.
- The last player to be able to place a block wins the game.
Let’s look at a sample game on a 4×4 grid. Player 1 (blue) wins because he was the last to place a piece. Player 2 is stuck since there are no spaces left for her vertical pieces.
Hink Pinks are sometimes also called rhyming pairs. Students are given a silly definition. They must come up with the rhyming pair that answers the definition. Can you find the answer to these Thanksgiving Hink Pinks?
- A musical vegetable cob
- A mashed potato topping that ripples
- A male pastry cook
- A margarine knife
- After dinner treat alarm
Word Winks, also known as Rebus Puzzles, are verbal visual puzzles. They usually contain a hidden word, idiom or common phrase.
There are strategies that you can use to help you solve the puzzles.
- Word position -If a word is over or under another word, or if one word is within another word, then that probably has something to do with the solution.
- Color- If a word is a different color than the others (or even just a different color from black) that might be a clue.
- Size- If the word is unusually large or small.
Quantity- If a word or letter is repeated, then there is a probably a number involved in the solution.
The rules are simple: change the starting word to the ending word one letter at a time! Each step must be a valid English word.
Give your students the following information: the starting word, the ending word, and the number of steps it takes.
ONE STEP WORD LADDERS:
- as -> if
- hot -> dog
TWO STEP WORD LADDERS:
- boy -> man
- top -> hat