What are sponge activities you might ask? No, I am not referring to the sponge we use to clean dirty tables, and soak up liquid spills in the classroom. Actually, this is a term referring to activities used to produce learning during that "extra few minutes" you have in the classroom. Oh I don't know, maybe the time needed to complete some administrative tasks, such as lunch count, or those last 10 minutes you have before the end of the day, or that wait time between PE and Art. I had never heard of the term until I read Jacqui Murray's blog "ask a teacher". This concept was originally coined by Madeline Hunter. Her philosophy is there should be no "wasted time" in the classroom, and in fact every second counts. Sometimes we only have a few minutes, and don't have 30 to 40 minutes to dedicate to a learning activity. I was able to see on several different websites examples of some great sponge activities, but of course I have to put a tech twist on it.
That being said, I am listing here some very good websites students can access rather quickly independently, or as whole class activities, to gain very meaningful learning experiences.
Vocabulary building: Hangman
Games with High Frequency words:
Wonderapolis- Find out the Wonder of the Day (Now with the wonderrize it feature)
Jeff's Poems for Kids
Fill in the Blank Poetry
Jeopardy Games (Math & Science)
PowerPoint Games for (Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies)
Webcams around the World
Research for Kids
Just a few to try out this weekend... Check out next week for more!