Underground Railroad Game {FREEBIE ALERT!}

Thursday can only mean one thing.

The weekend begins tomorrow.

Thank goodness.

I've been wanting to share something with you guys for a while, but just haven't had the time to sit down and put it together.  You may have heard me talk about my Civil War Unit that I had been working on earlier this month.  I was so excited to finally post it, but I didn't get a chance to blog about it {and share this freebie with you!}  You can see all the details about the unit here, but the real reason I wanted to post today was to share this fun Underground Railroad game that I made as part of the unit:
{The game is provided in color and black & white, which is what is shown below}
This is a great small group game for students to play after they have learned about the Underground Railroad.  In the lesson provided in the unit, teachers begin by reading Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine {fabulous book with wonderful illustrations!} and then using my prepared interactive SMARTBoard/PowerPoint slides to teach about how the Underground Railroad worked.  As a closing activity, students play "The Road to Freedom" board game:




At the beginning of each player's turn, he/she reads a fact card about the Underground Railroad.


So, whether you teach the Civil War, or the Underground Railroad separately, feel free to tuck this game away!  You can grab it here. {I will also place it in my social studies game archives to grab at any time!}

To check out my full unit on the Civil War, click the image below!







Fall Themed Games and Resources

Yes. Yes I did already have a pumpkin spice latte from Dunkin Donuts.  Twice.  Don't judge.  I know it's only mid-September, but it had to happen.

I'm in full fall mode now, too, and I know I'm not the only one.  I was looking at some my games and centers and I realized just how many fall-themed resources I have created over the past few years. Many of them are free, and available exclusively here on the blog, so I wanted to feature them all in one spot so that you don't have to go searching.

Take a peek at this slideshow and click on any of the games/centers that you'd like to see more details of.

These link are also always available in my "Holiday Games" tab (see top of the blog) under the "fall themed" category.

Happy Fall, Ya'll!






National Talk Like a Pirate Day {Freebies and Ideas}

September 19 (this Saturday), is "National Talk Like a Pirate" Day {ARRRRGH!}.  My friend Michele has a pirate-themed classroom and has always has a special day in her classroom to help celebrate it with her students.  I have gone in to help her several times and the kids get such a kick out of all the activities we do with them.  I wanted to share with your some of the games we do with her kids in case you'd like to add a little fun into your classroom this Friday (even if you don't have a pirate themed classroom)!  I've shared these activities before, but we have a lot of new readers here on CGN that I want to bring everyone up to speed!

In this file folder game, students use context clues skills to help them figure out pirate words.  Students loved learning new pirate words like "avast!" and "me hearty" and then using them with their friends for the rest of the day. Click here to get the game for free!

I love how this activity combines several skills.  Students first have to add or subtract and then use the answer to measure inches on their treasure map to find the correct pirate coin.  Each math problem tells them whether the student is to measure going north, south, east, or west from the their starting coin.  They use the letter from each coin to solve a riddle.  Click here for your free copy.

I've also created a pinterest board with an on-going collection of ideas to help spice up your Pirate celebration!

Snag an idea or two!

Have a great start to your week!






Ten on Ten {September}

Hey all!  It's that time of the month again where I am sharing 10 pictures on the 10th of the month.  These pics reflect my life as of current.  I'd love for you to link up as well and share 10 on 10 over on your blogs as well!

Here are mine:
Your turn!
Here are the rules to participate:
1)  Choose ten pictures that show your readers what's been going on in your life lately (back to school, a peek into your classrom, Labor Day festivities...etc...).  The pictures can be both teacher and non-teacher related.
2)  Place the pictures in post on the tenth of each month. You can include a small caption with each picture if you'd like.  You must include my blog button (found on my side bar) somewhere in your post)
3)  Come to the Classroom Game Nook and link up your post to the linky party.  Check out other bloggers who have linked up and leave a comment or two on their blogs to share the love!

Go ahead - link up :)