One day, when all my patience was gone by 9:00am, I knew we had to do something. That is when I decided to create a "shopping mall scavenger hunt." I ran to my computer and created a 3x3 "tic-tac-toe-like" square and inserted a few sight words and 2-dimensional shapes. I printed them out and we were gone.
It worked like a charm. The kids had fun. I had fun. You can use them "tic-tac-toe" or "cover-all" style -- we used cover all. It really lightened the mood for the rest of the day. I have uploaded the two scavenger hunt grids to my website montessoriforlearning.com. Please feel free to download (they're free!)