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May 17, 2016

Play Miniature Golf for an End-of-the-Year Review

By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

     

    It is natural and developmentally important that kids learn by being interactive: by moving and doing. Worksheets and activities that require them to sit still for long periods of time, while sometimes effective, are inappropriate. Students are especially antsy near the end of the school year. If we expect them to learn at all, we need to give them something more stimulating than a piece of paper.

    Enter miniature golf! With just a little prep work, you can turn your classroom into a temporary mini golf course that's both frugal and fun!

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review

     

    The supply list is a long one, but it won't break the bank!

    Materials:

    • 4 cardboard boxes

    • 4 tri-fold display boards ($1 each, Dollar Tree)

    • 2 green rectangular tablecloths cut in half lengthwise ($1 each, Dollar Tree)

    • 1 set of four plastic container lids, round ($1 each, Dollar Tree)

    • 1 set of four plastic container lids, rectangular ($1 each, Dollar Tree)

    • 4 pieces of felt ($1 each, Dollar Tree)

    • 4sets of golf clubs and balls ($3 each, Walgreens)

    • 4 wooden sticks

    • Styrofoam

    • Scissors

    • X-Acto knife

    • Golf pencils

    • Golf tees

    • Construction paper

    • Copy paper

    • Comb binding machine

     

    Step One:

    Slit box so it opens flat. Fold it back to make a slight ramp and secure with packing tape. Lay a rectangular plastic lid on one side, a round container in the middle, and a round plastic lid on the other side to make sure they fit.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Step 1

     

    Step Two:

    Remove the objects. Lay the end of a tablecloth flat across the ramp, and put the objects on top of the tablecloth. Outline each with a black marker. Remove the tablecloth and cut the side shapes with scissors first. This step lends an air of authenticity to the putting greens, but could be skipped and you could simply glue the containers and lids to the green.

     

    Step Three:

    Put the tablecloth back on. With an X-Acto knife, cut the hole in the middle through both the tablecloth and the box. Secure the lids on top with double-sided or packing tape.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Step Three

     

    Step Four:

    Cut a rectangle with brown construction paper to fit the rectangular lid, and glue it on. This will be a sand trap. Cut a circle with blue construction paper to fit the circular lid, and glue it on. This will be a water hazard.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Step Four

     

    Step Five:

    Repeat steps 1-4 for the remaining three boxes.

     

    Step Six:

    Cut four triangles from felt, and tape them to the wooden sticks to make a flag for each hole. Number them 1-4. Tape a small piece of Styrofoam on top of each box, underneath the tablecloth, and poke the flags through the Styrofoam.

     

    Mini Golf End-of-Year-Review - Step Six

     

    Step Seven:

    Pick four subjects to review. (I chose letter sounds, 10-20 number recognition, word families, and sight words.) Your review problems (printed out horizontally on 8x10” paper) and your scorecards (printed out vertically and cut into 4x6” size) will need to match. For instance:

    Letter Sounds

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Letter Sounds

    Number Recognition

    Both my review sheets and my scorecards had matching numbers.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Number Recognition

    Word Families

    My review sheets each had a different word family ending, and my scorecards had the whole words.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Word Families

    Sight Words

    Both my review sheets and my scorecards had matching sight words.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Sight Words

    You will need to bind the review problems into separate flippable books for each subject, and bind the scorecards (all subjects together) into separate flippable books for each student. If you or your school has a comb binding machine, that is the best way to do it. 

     

    Step Eight:

    Attach a review book to each tri-fold display board, and place each board behind a hole. 

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Letter Sounds Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Number Recognition

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Word Families Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Sight Words

     

    How to Play

    Split your students into four groups, and rotate the groups so they visit each hole. Let the tallest student in each group be the captain, who stands behind the display boards to flip the review pages.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review

    If a student gets the ball in the hole, they must be able to recognize and say the sound, number, or word in order to cross it off their scorecard.

     

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Letter Sounds Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Number Recognition

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Word Families Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Sight Words

    My students had a lot of fun with this. Hopefully yours will too!

     

    It is natural and developmentally important that kids learn by being interactive: by moving and doing. Worksheets and activities that require them to sit still for long periods of time, while sometimes effective, are inappropriate. Students are especially antsy near the end of the school year. If we expect them to learn at all, we need to give them something more stimulating than a piece of paper.

    Enter miniature golf! With just a little prep work, you can turn your classroom into a temporary mini golf course that's both frugal and fun!

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review

     

    The supply list is a long one, but it won't break the bank!

    Materials:

    • 4 cardboard boxes

    • 4 tri-fold display boards ($1 each, Dollar Tree)

    • 2 green rectangular tablecloths cut in half lengthwise ($1 each, Dollar Tree)

    • 1 set of four plastic container lids, round ($1 each, Dollar Tree)

    • 1 set of four plastic container lids, rectangular ($1 each, Dollar Tree)

    • 4 pieces of felt ($1 each, Dollar Tree)

    • 4sets of golf clubs and balls ($3 each, Walgreens)

    • 4 wooden sticks

    • Styrofoam

    • Scissors

    • X-Acto knife

    • Golf pencils

    • Golf tees

    • Construction paper

    • Copy paper

    • Comb binding machine

     

    Step One:

    Slit box so it opens flat. Fold it back to make a slight ramp and secure with packing tape. Lay a rectangular plastic lid on one side, a round container in the middle, and a round plastic lid on the other side to make sure they fit.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Step 1

     

    Step Two:

    Remove the objects. Lay the end of a tablecloth flat across the ramp, and put the objects on top of the tablecloth. Outline each with a black marker. Remove the tablecloth and cut the side shapes with scissors first. This step lends an air of authenticity to the putting greens, but could be skipped and you could simply glue the containers and lids to the green.

     

    Step Three:

    Put the tablecloth back on. With an X-Acto knife, cut the hole in the middle through both the tablecloth and the box. Secure the lids on top with double-sided or packing tape.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Step Three

     

    Step Four:

    Cut a rectangle with brown construction paper to fit the rectangular lid, and glue it on. This will be a sand trap. Cut a circle with blue construction paper to fit the circular lid, and glue it on. This will be a water hazard.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Step Four

     

    Step Five:

    Repeat steps 1-4 for the remaining three boxes.

     

    Step Six:

    Cut four triangles from felt, and tape them to the wooden sticks to make a flag for each hole. Number them 1-4. Tape a small piece of Styrofoam on top of each box, underneath the tablecloth, and poke the flags through the Styrofoam.

     

    Mini Golf End-of-Year-Review - Step Six

     

    Step Seven:

    Pick four subjects to review. (I chose letter sounds, 10-20 number recognition, word families, and sight words.) Your review problems (printed out horizontally on 8x10” paper) and your scorecards (printed out vertically and cut into 4x6” size) will need to match. For instance:

    Letter Sounds

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Letter Sounds

    Number Recognition

    Both my review sheets and my scorecards had matching numbers.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Number Recognition

    Word Families

    My review sheets each had a different word family ending, and my scorecards had the whole words.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Word Families

    Sight Words

    Both my review sheets and my scorecards had matching sight words.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Sight Words

    You will need to bind the review problems into separate flippable books for each subject, and bind the scorecards (all subjects together) into separate flippable books for each student. If you or your school has a comb binding machine, that is the best way to do it. 

     

    Step Eight:

    Attach a review book to each tri-fold display board, and place each board behind a hole. 

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Letter Sounds Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Number Recognition

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Word Families Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Sight Words

     

    How to Play

    Split your students into four groups, and rotate the groups so they visit each hole. Let the tallest student in each group be the captain, who stands behind the display boards to flip the review pages.

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review

    If a student gets the ball in the hole, they must be able to recognize and say the sound, number, or word in order to cross it off their scorecard.

     

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Letter Sounds Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Number Recognition

    Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Word Families Mini Golf End-of-Year Review - Sight Words

    My students had a lot of fun with this. Hopefully yours will too!

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