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Frog on a Log
Submitted by Sonya (11-10-2012)
I learned this great game many years ago and have found it to be a winner with every class I have taught!
2 children are chosen to kneel opposite each other on "logs" that I draw on the carpet with chalk. Both their hands stay on their knees until I call the word for them to find. In between the "frogs" are 6-8 cards with our focus words on. The rest of the class stand around the "frogs" in a circle, tap their thighs and chant: "Frog on a log, frog on a log, find the word.." Then I say the word they need to find. The "frogs" scan the cards and using one hand only, must hit the card to win it. The frogs only have one opportunity to hit a card so it is important they look carefully first.
The winner keeps the card, the other "frog" chooses another child to take his/her place. The game continues until a "frog" wins 3 cards in a row - they get a sticker or stamp then choose another child to continue the game.
If the "frog" wins 1 or 2 cards then is beaten, he/she returns their cards to the pile and chooses a replacement "frog".
I vary the game by using a variety of cards - not just word cards eg numerals, 3D shapes, tally marks etc.
My classes always love to play this game, hopefully yours will too!