1. Write all the spelling/sight words on index cards or on the whiteboard (arrange words in a grid format).
2. Record all the spelling/sight words to the Step-by-Step.
3. Record a countdown on the BIGmack. When you get to zero, add a buzzing noise for effect.
4. Determine how many points a team will need to win, then using each Step-by-Step record points (one for each step). On the last point put a congratulatory message to the winning team.
What to do:
1. Separate students into two teams and choose a team to go first.
2. Choose a scorekeeper for each team or one scorekeeper for both teams.
3. Choose a timekeeper. They will be responsible for hitting the BIGmack and starting the timer for each student’s turn.
4. Teams or individuals from each team take turns pressing the Step-by-Step and looking for the random word given. Remind the timekeeper to start the timer.
5. If the student finds the word before time is up, their team gets a point using the Step-by-Step – remind the scorekeeper to add a point to that team’s total.
6. If the timer buzzes before they find the word, the other team has a chance to steal the point.
7. Continue until you are out of words or reach the point goal.
To add a level of difficulty, you can add misspelled words to the grid.
1. Create a picture symbol overlay for the BIG or LITTLE Step-by-Step that represents asking a question. Create your overlays.
2. Record the following messages to the Step-by-Step:
What color is the animal?
What size is the animal?
Where does this animal live? (e.g. on land, in water, in the air)
What does this animal eat?
How does this animal move?
Why did you choose this animal?
What to do:
1. Start by explaining to the students what they are about to do. A common script would be, “Today we are going to learn about animals. We will divide into groups of three and discuss an animal that you choose. One person will be the reader who will read the group a question about the animal you have chosen. Another student will be the recorder and will write down your group’s answers. The third person will be the reporter and they will share with the class what your group discussed.”
2. Divide the class into small groups of three students. Each group chooses a reader, recorder, and reporter.
3. Put all of the pictures of animals on a table and let each group pick one picture. The students will work together to answer the questions about their animal.
4. The reader will read the first question. For students needing assistance with speech, they can use the Step-by-Step to communicate with their group. Students in the group will discuss amongst each other and the recorder will write down their answer. Repeat this step until all questions are answered.
5. Bring all of the students back together. The reporter will share their group’s animal photo and answers to the questions about the animal they selected with the class. As the students share their information the teacher can also add fun facts about the animal.