Thursday, May 2, 2013

Today I Feel. . .like playing BINGO!


I saw a BINGO game in a catalog a few backs and really wanted to purchase it. . .until I saw the price.  It was close to $100.  So I decided to put my crafty hat on and make my own.  I made my first board in Microsoft Word, then printed it out, cut it apart and then randomly drew my words that I wanted to use (plus several additional ones not on my first board) to then make another 24 different boards.  I made a total of 25 because I can get that many kids in my room during lunch bunch.  After printing out each board, I had them laminated and trimmed so I could reuse them and wipe them off if the kids got sticky fingerprints on them.  To make the pulls, I used my mod podge and clear glass stones (2 bags from the dollar store), like I did for my question stones in this post.  I bought multicolored mini glass stones on sale for $2.00 at the craft store.  So my total cost for the project was $4.00.  I think you can agree that is quite a savings! 

My lesson plan is as follows:

Purpose: To understand not everyone feels the same way at the same time and to be able to say something positive to others can make a huge impact on how their day turns out.
To Begin:   Ask everyone to respond to the following question and statement:
                        (If have a white board, write the icebreakers on the board)
“How Do I Feel Today?”
“I Feel My Best When. . .”
After everyone has answered, pass out the BINGO cards and play BINGO. 
When you have a winner, have everyone take a turn and say something positive about the winner. 
Wrap Up:  Ask everyone:
 “How does this feel to listen to everyone say something nice about you?” 
and because some students will feel uncomfortable ask:
“Why do you think some people are uncomfortable listening to something nice being said about them?”




The kids had a great time playing today.  I love listening to them give compliments and listen to one another.  What made me smile the most was when one of my 6th graders said, "I'm not shy in here because I'm comfortable with you all."  And the message from another group that was left on my whiteboard when I wasn't looking:
Just too cute!

Anyway, what do you think of my game?

47 comments:

  1. Love this! Would you share the template for the boards? mkeeley@bgcs.k12.in.us

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Melissa,

      Check your email!
      Thanks for visiting my blog.
      Carol

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    2. Hi Melissa, Would it be possible for you to share your templates with me also. My email is mary_murray@asd.wednet.edu. Thanks so much!!

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    3. I would love to have this Bingo template to use with my students! My email is kayla.mcdonough@perryvilleschool.org

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  2. I too would love the templates for this game! It seems like something I would really enjoy doing with my kiddos!! :) I am glad that it turned out so well for you!!

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    1. Hi Kasey,

      I need your email and then I can send them to you! I think your kids will love it.

      Carol

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    2. my email is kasey660@gmail.com :)

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  3. I love your idea of the bingo game and would love to have the templates as well. If you don't mind sending me a copy I would greatly appreciate it amflader@aol.com . Keep posting your great ideas! I am a new counselor and looking for good ideas!

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  4. I would also love to get a copy of the template! Would be awesome with my middle school kids who are always up for a game. :) thanks!

    mmarks@mcdonogh15.org

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  5. I love your blog! It's the first place I check for new ideas since I am new to school counseling. Please, can I have the template for this idea! I started my own lunch bunch group and I think they would really enjoy it!
    Thanks for the hard work you put into this blog!
    Michele
    elsbreem@gmail.com

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  6. I love this idea can I get a copy of the bingo cards? Thanks for all your work and ideas. email mewesette@aol.com

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  7. We have a 6th grade forum and would love to try this. Can I have a template please? leekanok@flash.net. Thanks --Lee

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  8. Dear carol,
    I am a teacher in Germany and I would really love to have your template for my Englishlessons in year 8. Would you mind to send it to me? lenamuench@yahoo.de
    Thanks a lot Lena

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  9. Hello! I am a school counseling intern right now finishing my degree and I think the students I am working with would benefit greatly from this game! Please send me the template to kew1005@sru.edu. Thank you so much!

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  10. I love your site! It gives me so many great ideas as I am new to the whole middle school counseling. May I have a copy of the template also? stillayooper@yahoo.com
    Thank you!

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  11. Could you send me the template as well this is so awesome ;) amandarussellmsw@gmail.com

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  12. I am a family/play therapist in Boston. I would love a copy of this great game as well. Lizziesweeney@gmail.com

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  13. I was just given a space for to hold groups and would like to use this idea. Could I please have a copy of the template you used for your Bingo game? heidi.elmer@gmail.com

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  14. I am a therapist in private practice and LOVE making my own inexpensive resources! Your game is so awesome! Could you share the templates with me? My email is byoderlcsw@juno.com. Thanks so much and Happy 2014!

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  15. HI Carol! This is a great idea! I just started with a social services agency and many of the kids I work with have difficulties expressing or verbalizing feelings. Could you share the templates with me? I think this game would be very beneficial to my students. Thank you! dechantal30@hotmail.com

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  16. Hi Carol. This is a great resource for my 6th Grade Character Education class. Could you share the template? syildiz@mmsaonline.org

    Thanks!

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  17. This looks like such a fun way for kids to identify emotions. May I have the template? dhangelmusic@yahoo.com

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  18. You can download the BINGO game here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/I-Feel-BINGO-Game-1126289

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  19. Carol,

    The peach-colored glass stones look like they weren't handwritten. How did you do them? Thanks!

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  20. I found you on Pinterest. Any chance you could email me the templates as well? Thanks so much. Jody jody_fry@yahoo.com

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  21. I would love to try this with my kiddos in session! Thanks for the template and awesome idea at a great price! I will definitely be back for more ideas.
    Momanyka@gmail.com

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  22. I love this idea it is awesome!! Can you please send me the templates to kristeenatorres@gmail.com

    Thank you love your ideas!!!

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  23. Could you also send me the templates? Many thanks! ssimianer@centermh.org

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  24. I would also like a copy! Great idea!! snobleton@ichd.net

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  25. I would like a copy too! Thank you. KristyLarkinLmsw@gmail.com

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  26. Ooh, wondering if I can get a copy, too?? My husband is having his observation and he wants something that will keep their attention! He is a social worker. email: cpmark@optonline.net

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  27. Hi, I was wondering if it is possible to still get a copy of the bingo cards. Thank you so much! mmurray113@earthlink.net

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  28. Would I be able to get a copy of your cards? Micheleterry@mail.com
    Thank you!

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  29. I am a brand new social worker at a school. This is such a great idea, my kiddos would love it. Could I please get a copy of your cards too? My email is hfarnsworth76@gmail.com. Thank you, Thank you!

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  30. Here is a link for my BINGO game. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/I-Feel-BINGO-Game-1126289

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  31. please forward this is great. smendenhall@pcssummit.com

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  32. Thanks for the information about how to play the bingo game. You provided food for thought. Thanks for sharing the information. All the best to you.




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  33. Carol - I would love your bingo templates! carla.fessler@usd253.net
    Thanks so much!!!

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  34. I would love your bingo template as well! Thanks for sharing :) cbdumit@gmail.com

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  35. This looks awesome. Would love a copy of the game boards if possible. denimets@yahoo.co.uk

    Don Bentley
    Canada

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  36. What a great idea! I am a school psychologist and would love to use these in my groups. Would you send me the templates? Thank you so much!! mariarose7@gmail.com

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  37. I would love to use this also!! Suzanne@crossroadsacademykc.org Thank you!!

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  38. I would really like your bingo template. I am new middle school counselor. I ran across your website on pinterest. I am really enjoying your blog.

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  39. I would also love the template!- stephspup@yahoo.com

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  40. I would love to use this! lmerrill@fcusd.org

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  41. Hello can I use this with fifth graders? Can you email me the template? A.jardine86@gmail.com

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  42. Is it possible to still get this template? I have a weekend retreat & would love to use this game with the kids? mgorgesster@gmail.com

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