These game pieces are personalized and so adorable. Our students love using them because they see a picture of themselves with their name on it. It’s such an easy way for anyone to come into the classroom and learn their face and their name. Not to mention, it’s perfect for environmental literacy and helpful for English learners.
Using these game pieces are easy and super helpful throughout the day. Here are four ways you can use these game pieces.
1. Daily Attendance
At the end of each day, have students place their picture on their desk so that you can see their beautiful faces on their desk when they’re gone. It’s like a reserved sign you’d see at a restaurant. We are reserving this spot for _________.
This also makes a great way for them to come in the morning and hang their picture on their hook by a whiteboard. This is helpful for when students are absent because you can clip their missing work to their binder clip with their name and face on it. Now even a substitute will know to save the materials for that student.
2. Lunch Choices
I like to line my students up by their lunch choice to make it easier for the cafeteria workers. I start with my lunchboxes first, and then I do the least popular choice followed by the most popular choice. You can place three pizza trays (Dollar Store) and have students place their photo on the designated tray to mark their choice. Now if you need to report numbers to the cafeteria, you can do that.
3. Center Choices
Using these pictures for center choices is super easy and really helpful especially if you have a substitute teacher or an assistant who is helping out with a class.
I like to limit my centers to no more than six students, so I place six hooks for each center and if the hooks are filled, then students know that they cannot go into that center choice during this time.
Students make their choice by placing their picture on one of the hooks. This makes a really great visual to see which students are in which centers. It keeps the class accountable because everyone knows what we should all be doing.
4. Game Pieces
Of course, you can use these pictures for playing games like my Simply STEAM Math Games or my Simply STEAM Grammar Games. We use these photos as game pieces to move around the board; however, you can use them for other games too like Candyland or any other type of board game.
5. Reporting Location
These pictures are especially helpful when knowing where your students are at all times. If you have students who need to go to the restroom, the library, the office, the nurse, or if they’re being pulled by a special education teacher, then they can take their picture and place it in the designated spot to report their location.
6. Goal Tracking
Keep track of stickers earned throughout the month. Keep track of stickers earned throughout the month. Add this to your classroom management system by setting a goal for each student and rewarding them when they meet their goal.
For a step by step tutorial on how to make them, check out my post here!
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