Post # 1
Do you have any fun games I can play with my freshman? As a point of reference, they still like heads up 7up, so I’m not looking for anything trivial pursuit-ish. However, if possible I would like it contest-based.
Post # 3
Jeopardy games are always fun, and you can insert content into the mix. Make sure you get teams so there’s competition.
Post # 4
@Bellagiobride: I LOVE heads up, 7 up. I can’t believe they still play that game! I’m coming to your class. I’ll be the awesome 23 year old.
I’m not a teacher, but I learned some fun games when I was in college for elementary teaching. I remember my group did something simple. We made up groups of three (or depends on how large your class is as well) and had them push the desks aside. They sat on their knees/legs so it was easy for them to get up when needed. Anyways, we had the song hot potato or whatever it is on. They passed around the ball as if it were a hot potato. We’d randomly stop it and whoever had the “hot potato” would listen to the question to possibly answer. The first person to stand, answer correctly, etc would get a point. Of course there’s always a prize at the end. The other two people were eliminated from the game. When the groups got smaller, we formed a bigger group. It was the battle to see who the last person standing was.
Sorry if that seems all jumbled, but you get the idea. You could also tweak it however you like. You could just give certain groups points to see who gets the highest.
Post # 5
I love playing silent ball. I’ve played with grade 7s, who also love 7 up.
Basically you have a ball and they throw it around. They have to catch it and they have to give a good throw. Best part is that they’re not allowed to talk. If they talk, they’re out, if they drop it, they’re out, if they give a bad throw, they’re out.
I also do a lot of Simon Says, but I do it tricky. It’s great for my ESL kids. I’ll say something like “Simon says touch your elbow”, but then touch my shoulders instead. They have to pay attention to what I’m saying.
There’s also I Never, but that can take a bit of set up. Set up a circle of chairs for everyone minus one. Person without a chair stands in the middle and says something they’ve never done. Anyone who has done it has to move chairs with someone else. This can also be done as Fruit Basket.
Post # 6
I do live Jeopardy, but I have played that so many times! Always a winner though. I guess I was looking for something different. Thanks for replying!
@Rouquine: 7up will always rule! You are welcome to come to my class anytime. Anywayz, I have an actual “hot potato” that plays its own music that I use for something similar. Your game sounds fun, but I am a bit confused. If the person that ends up with the hot potato needs to answer a question when the music stops, why does someone else get to answer the question? If another person does answer, they get a point, and the hot potato holder is out??? I guess I am confused because if anyone gets to answer the question, why have a hot potato? Why not just have the music stop, and the first person to pop up answer the question? When I do it, only the person with the potato gets the answer the question, if they are right, they stay in the game. If they are wrong, they are out. Please help!
Post # 7
I help run team-building type activities for 6th through 8th graders. They LOVE games from the gameshow “Minute to Win It.” Such as, stacking cheerios on a tongue depressor held in their mouth, balancing an oreo on their forehead and only using their facial muscles to move the cookie to their mouth, using only a straw to move skittles from one bowl to another, etc. Requires having a few supplies on hand, but the kids love it!
Post # 8
@Bellagiobride: I may have worded it weird. I’m half asleep, sick, and blah. Hah. The class is divided into groups. Each group gets a “hot potato” to pass around. Whoever gets it can answer the question – they just have to be the first person to step up (since there’s no bell, ding, etc to chime in). The other two were out to make the game go by quickly since we only had 85 minutes in the class. As I said, you don’t have to do it my way. You can just give the groups points if you’d like.
It went over pretty good and our class of college kids seemed to enjoy it. Like I said, it’s more of a general idea. Tweak it however you’d like.
Post # 9
Not sure what subject you teach but I teach French and the kids love to play number games like Bingo or Buzz (great for making sure they learn their numbers!) or quiz games like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. You can get some good millionaire powerpoint templates online and adapt them to revise any subject/topic.
I also play a vocabulary revision game like ‘stop the bus’ where we pick a letter and in teams the kids have to think of as many French words they know beginning with that letter.
Post # 10
Thank you so much for the suggestions! I have done the oreo contest myself, and it was a blast!!!
Post # 11
I don’t know if you’re looking for icebreaker-type stuff, but you could do “find someone who…” where students have to find someone who’s never read The Hunger Games, or who knows the lyrics to a song from the 90s, etc. There has to be a different name for every “find someone who…” The first person to fill their sheet wins.
My students also loved playing “Marketing a Song.” Groups of 3 or 4 are given the name of a popular song (e.g. “Tik Tok,” “Baby,” “Only Girl in the World,” etc.). Their job is to create a material product that fits with the song title and try to “sell it” to the rest of the class. One of the groups who had Rihanna’s Only Girl in the World tried to sell us a brand of engagement ring – “make her feel like she’s the only girl in the world with this ring!” … it’s fun, it makes them think outside the box, and they get to be goofy 🙂 – students can vote on the winner (but they can’t vote for their own)