Saturday, February 8, 2014

Spark Student Motivation- SmartBoard Fun

Happy Saturday! Hope everyone is having a great day.  It's snowing here again... I know, shocker!!! :)  I've gotten all of my errands done and I'm about to sit down to do some crafts.  Before I do that, I'm linking up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching and her weekly linky party to Spark Student Motivation!

This week I've had to pull out all of the stops. We've had a full week of school which is great after having so much time off, but we've also had indoor recess.  That means that I have a group of wiggle worms who can't let off any steam outside.  I've found a great game to play on the SmartBoard that gets kids super excited for telling time and for some school related activity! What's even better, is that you could play on the computer as well, you don't have to only use it on the SmartBoard. 

Here is .... Stop The Clock!!

Check out this website (for many telling time games):

Scroll down to "Stop the Clock" to see that there are different variations of the game that can be played. When I introduce the game we start off small, but then get to play the version with times to the minute.  We pick names and students work in teams to play. I love how it's a random draw and then students really need to work together to figure out the times. The object is to match the time with the clock and then stop the clock to see how long it took you. I keep track of scores bracket style and we try to beat the fastest time to correctly get the answers.

Right now our best time is 11 seconds! The kids love it, and it's been a great way to end or begin a math lesson to motivate and get students focused on school.  Hope some of you can use this link/game.  It's really been a life-saver this week!


  1. I need to check out that website! We can never work on telling time enough and they love interactive games on the whiteboard - thanks for the link!

  2. I love learning games! It's so fun to TRICK our students isn't it??!! We don't teach time in 4th grade, but I have so many that have to run to the computer to tell what time it is! Yikes! This will be perfect! Thanks for sharing and linking up Ana!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  3. Back when 4th grade still taught telling time, this was one of my favorite games to play. Glad to see your kiddos love it! Now next year, when they ask me what time it is, I will know they already know how to do this and can tell them it's time for them to get a watch. :)

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