In the classroom, it is important to make every minute count. In the remote teaching world, it is important to give the “teacher” a few minutes of downtime to catch her breath or a sip of coffee. So, lesson fillers can be used to keep kids engaged, learning, and having fun.
Classroom Filler activities are dependent on the age and interest of the kids. So, having a variety of activities ready to go is ideal. Many of the activities can be adjusted to be repeated multiple times with a few small changes.
More Lesson Fillers
Pass the ______- Give the class a topic and ask each student to add to the answers without any repeats (Ex: Name a state, name a color). Give the answering child something to hold when the answer and then pass the item to the next child that answers.
Line Up – Ask students to line up by a characteristic (birthday, color shoes, # on house)
Hot Seat – A student stands with their back to the whiteboard. Another student writes a word on the board that was taught in class (you may want to give them a word list) and the first student tries to guess the word by asking questions with “yes” or “no” answers. Give a maximum amount of questions that can be asked.
How long is 1 minute? – Ask students to close their eyes and when they think 1 minute has gone by to raise their hand. This gives students practice in the dimension of time. Vary times as students’ progress.
Silly Story – Challenge students to take turns making up a story. Have them sit in a circle, and one by one add a sentence to the story. For example, the first student would say, “Once upon a time there was a little girl that went to school, then she…” Then the next student would continue the story. Encourage children to stay on task and use appropriate words. This activity is the perfect opportunity for students to develop and use their imagination and creativity. This can also be turned into a longer project in which students collaborate on a digital project.
Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.
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