I came across those Clever Catch balls recently and really loved the idea but couldn’t afford the price. So, yesterday at my within-walking-distance Dollar General in SC, I came across these small segmented balls for $1.50.
With just a Sharpie marker, I turned them into a not so professional but just as effective multiplication catch ball.
I plan on having students toss them to each other, having to answer whatever fact is under their left or right thumb.
As you may have noticed, I bought three balls because there are so many ways I am sure I will want to use these in my classroom. Maybe place value by writing numbers and underlining a certain digit whose place value students must name. We are now discussing decimals, so I might write decimals and have students name the equivalent fraction or vice versa. I might also use them for Spanish vocabulary and/or verb conjugation. Or I might go to Clever Catch Balls’ website and “steal” some of their ideas.
But first I’d better make sure this game doesn’t end up becoming more of a dodgeball game than a learning game. We shall see!