What is Watch, Think, Color?
Watch, Think, Color is a game I made when my students were learning place value. I created a powerpoint showing numbers represented by base tens units. The kids had hundreds charts and colored in the spot that corresponded with the number. When they were done, they had made a picture on their chart. They LOVED the game. They were quiet and focused. The slides changed automatically so they could not whine if they got behind. I found that this game afforded me a few minutes to attend to other classroom duties. My kids were engaged in learning WITHOUT me entertaining them! I have made many versions of the game focusing on different skills including counting money, reading number words, expanded notation, mixed operations and (of course) place value. When I start this game with a new class or we move on to a new skill, I do it with them the first time. I pause the powerpoint so that we can discuss what number is represented. After the class has a grasp on how the game works, I let the game go with automatic page turns.