Social Studies Activity
As children play the School Rooms game, they reinforce their understanding of
commonly used school terms in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere. They also build
awareness that their senses are constantly gathering information to help them navigate
through the world around them.
WHAT YOU NEED
WHAT TO DO
- Tell children that they are going to play a game called School Rooms. Explain that
you are going to give three clues that describe a room in the school and they must
decide which room you are describing.
- Distribute the School Rooms Game Sheet to each child and read the name of each
room with the children. Then have children cut out the six markers at the bottom of the
board. Tell the children that they will use these markers to show which room they think
is being described.
- Cut apart the clue cards and mix them up. Choose a card and read the clues aloud to
the children. Tell children to put the marker with the number one on the room that they
think the clues describe. Encourage children to listen to all the clues before guessing.
Put that card aside and choose another. The children will use the number two marker to
mark this room. Keep going until you have read all the cards. Keep the cards in the
order that you read them.
- Then review with children the clues on each card and tell them which room each card
describes. As children check their guesses, discuss the choices they made and why they
- If children have difficulty reading and remembering the room names on the game
sheet, encourage them to draw a little picture in each room to help them identify it.
- You may want to divide the class into groups of four or five and make a copy of the
clue cards for each group. Choose someone to read the clues to the group and let
children play on their own. You may want to have children paste their game sheets and
cards onto construction paper or oak tag to improve durability.
- After children have become familiar with the clues, make or have them make, new
clue cards to describe the rooms on the game sheet. Remind children to use sense words
(see, smell, hear, etc.) when writing new clues. You may even wish to create your own
new game sheet that includes special rooms in your school.
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