It is a terrific opportunity and also responsibility mentoring a student teacher and most important that they feel integrated into the class culture and make connections with students, especially when they come mid year. This year my student teacher suggested she get to know the kids by using "table tents". She had students make table tents with their name and three three symbols/pictures about themselves. As students shared their tent with the class she was able to get to know their names and a little insight as to who they are. We then asked them to keep the tents in their binder and use for future classes.
My student teacher found this engaging 31-derful activity online.
You will need a collection of cards for each group you create. The directions for the game are fairly simple. Each card in a 52 standard deck have a value (Ace=11, King-Jack=10, 2-10 card value). Groups of students are given a deck of cards and asked to make a 5x5 square using the cards that sum to be 31 in every column and every row (MP#1). I would however suggest not grouping randomly for this activity and more by student ability. The reason for this is that once a group was successful, I could have them split up and explain their strategies to groups that might be struggling (MP#3).
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I found this game at an AVID training as a brain break, but find the students really like it and get really competitive. I roll 3 dice and have students make the numbers 0-9 using different computations. they can only use the number once and have to use them all. for example, if I rolled 1, 2, and 4, the following combinations could be made: 1+2+4=7; 4+2-1=5; (4/2)-1=1; (4/2)+1=3; (2^1)+4=6; 4-(2^1)=2; (4*2)/1=8; (4*2)+1=9;4/(2-1)=4 (I couldn't get 0). I play this game with students versus any adult in the room (me, student teacher, co-teacher, para, aide). If they can prove to me that they got more than me after I have stopped, I give them some prize, or extra credit. It is fun and reinforces basic order of operations!