Imagine having the kids work in groups to solve a problem and use their buzzer to indicate they've found an answer. You could also set up a game-show type review and have the kids "buzz in" with their answers. I was thinking of Scoot games. How fun would it be to push one of these and have the kids move to a moo or bark instead of you saying scoot every few minutes? These just add a fun, little interactive element to so many classroom activities. They can even be used to signal transitions between activities or to announce the end of silent reading or group work. You can use them for games like Heads Up, Seven-Up to signal when the kids should lift or lower their heads. I'm sure you can probably think of even more fun uses for these little buzzers.
You'll need some AAA batteries and a small phillips-head screwdriver to get the buzzers up and running. I happen to keep both handy, so I was all set! I love this little hammer/screwdriver combo tool I picked up at Sears a while back. It's crazy how much I use that thing! (Great team mate gift idea!)
Once the batteries were in and the back screwed on, I got to start playing. The instant I tested them out, my kids' ears perked up! They definitely work as attention getters! The sound was loud enough to be heard over quiet table voices, but not obnoxiously loud. The animals sounds were realistic and short enough to be cute without being annoying. They seem pretty sturdy even after being used by my second graders for a quick buzz-in math review. I love that they each make a different sound. It completely takes the guesswork out of who buzzed in first. It also gave me a fun way to call on the groups. I could either call them by their animal name or the color of the buzzer.
All in all, these are a great addition to my classroom and I'm so happy that one of you will also get to have a set! To enter, just use the Rafflecopter gadget below. The winner will be announced next Monday and you will be notified via email if you are the lucky duck! (Oh, and say a little hurricane re-direction prayer my way if you don't mind. South Florida is in the "cone of uncertainty" for Hurricane Isaac. Eek!)
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