Operation USE YOUR BRAIN

I LOVE {PuFFy} HeArT LOVE...
GARAGE SALES!!!
WHY???
because you can find crazy things like
MY OPERATION HEAD!!!
and what does this crazy thing
do in my classroom????
Well he doesn't look PURTY...
that's for sure
BUT he does
encourage
GOOD GREAT THINKING!!!


When one of my students has a
GREAT answer or even
a REALLY THOUGHTFUL
question...
or as I like to call it
USES THEIR BRAIN.
They get to pick my brain!!!

I make a BIG deal out of their AWESOME questions or answers and
 YES we stop the lesson for them to
Pick my BRAIN!!!
I only do this about once or twice a day so it doesn't interfere with EVERY lesson.
It also seems to WAKE UP my dreamers :)
THEY LOVE it and BELIEVE me if we haven't picked my BRAIN
by the end of the day...
they let me know!!!
 
SO WHAT IS PICKING MY BRAIN???
Inside my "HEAD" or BRAIN
I have placed content questions
for the students to answer.
Like
Why do my 2 magnets repel?
OR
Can you name the planets with rings?
OR
What are the some examples of genres?
OR
What is an 8 sided polygon called?

On the back of these questions are points.
( I use the cards from an old hundreds pocket chart
like this one)
If they get the answer right
they get to add that card to their group's treasure box.
If they get it wrong...it goes back into my head!!!
(about my treasure boxes....
I have 3-4 groups in my class each with 4-6
students.  Each group has their own treasure box
~ really they are see through recipe card holders~
The groups compete with each other on who can earn the
most treasure through out the whole week.  On Friday, the group with the most treasure
gets to go to MY TREASURE BOX
filled with all sorts of GooDiEs!!!)
So you see winning one of these BRAIN CARDS is
HUGE!!!!
BUT...
BEWARE the BRAIN
is also filled
with commands....like
Find someone wearing a School Shirt and give them this card!!!
or
Name and spell 3 spelling words from this week's list!!!
or
Give this card to a friend NOT in your group...
count to 10
if they say Thank You they keep it...
if they do NOT you keep it!!!
or
(AND THEY HATE THIS ONE)
If there is a bird at our bird feeder
(we have one stuck to our window)
keep this!!! If NOT put back!!!
(that one is worth 100 so they really want a bird to be at the window)

I add questions and commands about every 2 weeks.
I try to keep the points in multiples of 5 and 2 so it is easier & quicker to add on Fridays.
I keep the OLD questions in there all year!!!

HOPE you like this IDEA...
and if you want to know more about my treasure box system
let me know!!!
It has to do with that SKULL I showed you

Hope you guys have a great DAY~ tomorrow!!!

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5 comments:

  1. I LOVE this idea and would love to hear more about your treasure box system!! I need to find me one of the operation heads, such a neat idea!

    http://allabout2ndgrade.blogspot.com/

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  2. As soon as I read this I went on Amazon and bought a used Operation head! I love, love, love this idea!!! So much fun! Our state testing starts in three weeks, so perfect timing! I will use it all the time next year! THANKS for sharing!

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  3. ooooohhhhh Amanda...how much did it cost you? didn't think about ebay...seems like such a GREAT idea!
    Nancy Wilson
    Nancydwilson@hotmail.com

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  4. I got it for 25 after shipping and handling!

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  5. I totally just placed a bid for one of these heads on EBAY! What a nifty idea! I would love to hear more about the treasure box idea!

    Thanks!

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