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Engage the Brain: Games, Math, Grades 6-8

  • Title:Engage the Brain: Games, Math, Grades 6-8
  • Author:Marcia Tate
  • Publication Date:February 2008
  • Grade Level:6-8
  • ISBN:9781412959261
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

The Engage the Brain: Games series offers practical activities that energize students, increase brain connections to content, and reinforce learning in a nonthreatening atmosphere.

Derived from tested, research-based strategies found in the bestseller Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites, this book provides activities that incorporate games aligned with national academic standards for language arts, including reading, writing, language conventions, and listening and speaking.

You will find brain-friendly activities that can be integrated easily into your lesson plans to inspire enthusiasm and help students achieve. Each game provides learning objectives, a comprehensive materials list, step-by-step guidelines for playing the game, activities for extended learning, and required reproducibles such as game cards, game boards, and scorecards. Discover favorites such as bingo, charades, relay races, and go fish applied to middle school language arts content in games like Five Alive Bingo, Grammar Charades, and Context Clue Capers. All games include a focus activity, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, and a closing. Students actively process content as they play existing games, and construct and design a variety of new ones.

Use these engaging activities to supplement your curriculum goals in:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Listening and speaking
  • Sentences and words with multiple meanings
  • Writing and editing
  • Language conventions, and much more!

Watch your students thrive and grow with creative experiences that incorporate movement, teamwork, healthy competition, and interpersonal skills!

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Author Bio

Marcia Tate is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director.


Tate is currently an educational consultant and has taught more than 350,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world. She is the author of: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites; “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites; Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites; Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites and Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites co-written with Warren Phillips, one of the best science teachers in the country.

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