As I may have mentioned, I’ve been using some of Bryce’s ideas for “Our Time” on Fridays. One of the games Bryce mentioned this summer was the “Bad Baby” game (you can find it in his PAT handout on BryceHedstrom.com).
I couldn’t imagine how that would work to engage high school kids, to be honest, but one of the complaints my kids have had is that they don’t always know all their numbers. They get the teens and one to five, plus whatever numbers they’re interested in (usually 2013, for instance, and 102, because that’s how old I am). And when it comes down to it, despite the fact that we haven’t counted, they usually find they can count at the moment of complaint.
But I digress.
“Bad Baby” became “ugly horse” in my room, because I have an ugly stuffed horse. They took turns hiding it. The class counted, louder as the student searching for the horse got nearer, more quietly as the student was farther.
These high school kids loved it! They got very tricky about hiding the horse, and the searchers got much quicker finding it. I guess we’ll have to speed up the count if we play it in the future.