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1. ABC Review
This fun game can be played in a number of ways to review content learned throughout the week or unit.
- In a bucket, hat, or paper bag, assemble a set of letter tiles. Scrabble tiles are perfect, however, handmade tiles with handwritten letters are also appropriate.
- Group students into partners or small groups of no more than 4.
- Determine the ratio of tiles to groups. Have each group draw the appropriate number of letter tiles.
- Using the tiles drawn, groups are to recall a topic, concept, word, or phrase from the unit or lesson that begins with that letter.
- Depending on time, groups can either write down the topic, concept, word, or phrase, or, may use it in a sentence.
- As a whole class, the teacher should guide students through the entire alphabet asking for one example of an A, B, C, and so on. As there may be duplicate tiles (as will happen when using Scrabble pieces), the teacher should only solicit one example for each letter unless time permits additional sharing.
2. Open Mics
Open Mics allow students show off a variety of talents and learning. For instance, students may decide to sing, dance, or read a poem about a recent learning.
- Students should agree on when and how they will proceed with Open Mic.
- Students should select an emcee to oversee the event.
- Each student will perform acts such as singing, dancing, reading poems, or even whistling that relates to recent learning.
- Take a poll at the end to determine who is the best performer who taught or presented more information learned.
3. Don’t Smile
Don’t Smile! is a fun game that helps students unwind and have a good laugh. This game tests endurance and allows students to share their sense of humor.
- Each student will have to do something funny or share a humorous experience.
- Other students must try not to smile.
- When a student smiles or laughs, he or she is out of the game.
- The last student who is not smiling wins the round.
This classic is perfect for reviewing and literally “showing” what one’s knows.
- First ask students to submit ideas or concepts for charades, including vocabulary, content concepts, book titles, characters, etc.
- Form equal teams.
- A player from one team is selected by the other team and given a charade concept
- The player then enacts the charade concept and conveys it to his or her teammates without talking or pointing out any objects.
- If the team guesses the correct concept, they win a point; if not, then the opposing team gains a point.
- Continue steps 3-5 until each person on the team has had a turn.
- The team with the maximum points wins.
5. Five Seconds Rule
Five Seconds Rule is an easy and exciting Fun Friday Activity! The thrill is in the timing. When students have to think actively and quickly, they do not always answer in time. A big visual timer on the screen would help facilitate this activity.
- Students will choose an order in which to play.
- The first player will ask the second player a question. This question can be funny, tricky, or work-related.
- The second player has only five seconds to answer this question, or they will get removed from the game.
- For example, one can ask, what was the last book you read?
- If the second player answers in time, they will ask the next player a question.
- The game will continue in this manner until only one player is left.
- The last player left wins the game.
6. Never Have I Ever
Never Have I Ever is an activity designed to create classroom community and help students and teachers get to know each other better.
- Each player holds up five fingers. Thereafter, one by one, each one says something that they have never done before. For example, “Never have I ever driven a car.”
- Anyone who has done the said thing puts a finger down. The last person still holding up the fingers by the end of the game is the winner.
Make a digital play online with touchscreen devices.
- Check out Skribblio, a free online multiplayer pictionary game.
- Be sure to establish your own private room for your class, which creates an invite link.
- Use the private room to generate your own list of pictionary items based on current contet.
- Share the invite link with your students when ready.
- During this game, everyone gets a turn to choose one among three words displayed and draw it on the screen.
- Other players need to guess the right word from the drawing. The players who guess the word correctly get points along with the member who was drawing.
Have fun with wordtoons, a concept designed to turn a word into a visual image of itself.
- First, to familiarize students with the idea, lead the class in sketching on the following examples by displaying the numbered deconstructed images that outline step-by-step instructions.
2. Allow students to choose vocabulary and/or synonyms for content learning to construct their own images.