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Five Great Classroom Games

Five Great Classroom Games

We all love a good game, don’t we. We all know what it’s like at the end of term. Lesson’s done, exams finished and games to be played. With the summer holidays creeping ever closer, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best games to play in the classroom.

Scatter-gories

This encourages your students to think outside the box, and will utilise their knowledge in a variety of subjects.

What you’ll need:

  • paper
  • pens/pencils
  • list of specific categories

Split your class into small groups and ask them to write down the categories on their pieces of paper. Assign a letter to each group at random and give students 1-2 minutes to think of a word for each category, beginning with that letter. Once the time is up, allocate points for unique answers. If two teams write down the same word for a category then neither get any points. Repeat the game with different letters.

Draw Swords

This game will test your students’ fine motor skills and quick thinking. It also gives some healthy competition to the classroom!

Split the class into small groups. Pick a student from each group to start. The chosen student places a dictionary or textbook under their arm. You say a word or image which the students must then race to find in their book (like drawing a sword from under their arm!). The first student to find the word/image is the winner. The game continues with different words/images until one groups is left.

Hot Potato

Encourage students to think on their feet while drawing on a wide range of subject knowledge.

What you’ll need:

  • soft toys or soft balls
  • list of subject-specific themes

split the class into small groups and hand out a soft toy/ball to each group. One person in each group will start. You name a title or theme, such as prime numbers. It is then a race against time for the student to give 5 correct responses, e.g. 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, before the toy/ball has been passed round everyone in their small group and returned to them.

Quizalize

This innovative tool lets you test your students in any subject. It’s a motivational classroom activity that’s fun for everyone. All you have to do is create or find a quiz on Quizalize, assign it to your class and they can access it via zzi.sh from any device. Results are displayed in real time, so students can keep track of how each other are doing.

Pictionary

Pictionary is an absolute classic. Split your class into groups, and one person in each group draws a picture related to the specific subject chosen. First group to get the subject right wins! Easy, right?

What great end of term games do you play with your class? Have you made up any of your own that you’d like to share with other teachers? Let us know in the comments!

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