Are your students busy talking about this new Pie in the Face game floating around?
There are TONS of videos on social media about this game and my older elementary students keep talking about it. I decided to go with their interests and target TONS of language skills at the same time!
I found this You Tube video with this kid that all my students knew since they follow his You Tube channel. Of course, this kid did a video with this game!
I used the video differently depending on my goal in mind. For this first group, we were working on predicting and answering higher level thinking questions. First, I just displayed a clip of the video on my computer screen (I’m not cool to have a Smart Board!). I asked my students to guess what this video will be about and how the game will be played. We also tried guessing who will win! It was fun hearing their answers and their rationales.
I used chart paper and wrote predicting questions down ahead of time.
I folded up the paper to not show the next questions (because that would give some answers away), and we stopped throughout the video and I asked questions. Students got to write down their answers. We also got to have debates, work on sentence structure, and using evidence to support.
As you can see below, some questions I needed to guide my students because they were WAY off! They did not listen when I said the name of the game!!
Here is a view of the completed chart paper:
My students had fun guessing who would win, how the game was played, who poured the whipped cream, and what they would have to do after playing the game.
What other goals can you target with this video?
- Sequencing: describe the steps in playing this game and/or the events in the video
- Sentence Structure: after watching the video, you can take half/whole thoughts (complete sentences and fragments) based on the video and have students sort them or determine which category they would fall into.
- Social Skills: Was Evan and/or Jillian a good sport about winning and losing? How so? How do they take turns in this game?
- Analyze: You can have discussions on why this game would be a good or bad idea for kids of certain ages. Why should we NOT play this game in speech!?
- Compare/Contrast: the way this game is played reminded me of my Crocodile Dentist game! Do you see the connection?! Both games randomly select a “loser” at different points. See if your students can see the similarities and differences!
- Articulation: based on your target sound you can locate words with that sound in this video!
- Cause/effect: what happened first? What was the result?
I just love using videos that spark interest and motivation of my older elementary students. They can be difficult so I like to find things they like and work with it! This activity took about 1 minute of preparation (I helped you out, I gave you the link above, and that was the hardest part of my preparation!). My students left my therapy room requesting other videos to use in the future. A teaching assistant that comes with a student to my room was like “WOW I have never seen them answer those types of difficult questions before!” Who will you impress with this activity?!
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