So there is always inevitably a few spare minutes between one activity or the next and I quickly realized this leads to CHAOS if you have nothing planned.
Well...one teacher left me a note in her sub plans about a game that her students play when they have some spare time. Let me say for some odd reason this game stuck and I find myself playing it in a variety of classrooms I sub in! The game is called "What's My Rule?" and it is SO SIMPLE! Plus, you can control how long it takes and for a sub this is perfection!!!
"What's My Rule?"
I usually start (but if the students know how to play, a student can start) and find a characteristic that some students have in common (hair color, type of shoe, wearing a certain color...anything really)
then I say "Julie fits my rule." (Julie would come stand in front of class) then I would pick around 4 other students for 5 in total. Then I pick students who are sitting quietly to guess the answer or what they have in common.
The person that guesses correctly gets to make the new rule!
For younger students, they need help making rules and older students can make more complicated rules, but overall this game is adaptable and has been a LIFESAVER for me.
What games do you use during transition time? I would love to have more to keep in my repertoire!!