Classroom Activities

April 15, 2020

Classroom Activities

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In this article we want to talk about the importance of classroom activities. Below you will also find some of our favourite activities, suitable for all ages and subjects.

Classroom activities are not only beneficial for students. Quick and easy activities can bring a lot of fun back to the classroom and can bring the focus of the students back. If you can complement the learning process with classroom activities. you feel find that it helps enhance the learning process, presentation, and teaching inside and outside the classroom. 

Classroom activities are done by students in the class as part of the practical part of what they are taught in the theoretical part. Some activities allow learners to discover more knowledge through using electronic programs, visiting the library, and accessing other important sites on the net. 

Classroom activities encompass skill games and communicating activities. These activities back up students’ educational maturity. They aim to augment students’ comprehensive abilities, skills or productivity in some certain area by using various methods of teaching. These activities also inculcate fun into learning to improve student’s confidence and the ability to think significantly.  

Well schemed, classroom activities would help interactions between teachers and students in the classroom aside from themselves alone. 

Have a Plan B

As a teacher, it is always good to have an ace up your sleeve. It can be handy, if you need to make a spontaneous substitution, or your lesson plan just does not work out the way you thought it would. For those situations it is always good to have a few classroom activities in the back of your mind.

We have a few ideas for the unpredictable hours. No preparation is required for the following activities. The selection of games is based on the following criteria:

– Including everyone in the class
– Simple activities
– Short duration
– No material requirement
– Strengthening student’s sense of community
– Can be played in the classroom
– No preparation time for the teacher

Our Favourite Classroom Activities

Activities with Speaking

The Discussion
The discussion can be conducted in any language. The teacher comes up with funny topics for a discussion. For example: “Pets at school”, “School-free Friday”, “School does not start before 10 am”. The class is divided into 2 groups. One group is the proponent, one group is the opponent. The teacher chooses 2 students for the jury. The two groups must now try to convince the jury with their arguments. The groups have 5 minutes time to think about their point of view, before the discussion begins.
Whoever Says it, Burns.
The class is divided into 2 groups. Two students, one from each group, leave the classroom. The teacher tells the secret to the groups. Depending on the subject, it can be a formula, a vocabulary, a technical term or a historical event. The two students come back to class. One after the other ask their group an question. Important: If one of the group members says the word, he or she “burns”  and the game is over. The group whose student first guessed the term wins.

Activities with Movement

Right or Wrong
The teacher reads statements out loud. These statements can be taken from the subject of the last lesson or refer to the homework. Each student has to decide for himself whether this statement is right or wrong. Those students who think the statement is correct stand on the right side of the classroom, those students who think it is wrong stand on the left side of the classroom. The teacher gives the answer. Those who stand at the wrong side have to sit down. The last remaining student wins.
Robots
The students are divided into 2 groups. The students of group 1 are the “robots”, the other students are the “masters” or “machine operator.” Each robot gets to choose what kind of robot he is: animal, machine, cleaning robot, cook, etc. Commands to the robots are only given by pantomime and when touched, the robot will then do the commands. After a few minutes, the groups change. Note: This game is also good for outside!
Sailing
The students sit in a boat, which is their chair. The teacher makes movements, which the students imitate: – Stillness of wind: arms stretched out upwards – Wind from right: turn left – Wind from the left: bend arms to the right – Strong wind storm: change right, left, front, rear – Capsizing: falling off a chair – Swimming: lay on the chair – Climbing into the boat: sitting on the chair Note: This is a great activity after and before an exam, to move the whole body and stretch every part. Also great in the morning.

Activities to Calm

Air Kiss
During this activity, students can either stay at their seat with a partner or in a circle of chairs with all students. Names or fantasy words are written in the air by hand or foot from one students. The others or the partner has to guess what has been written in the air. This activity is great to get some silence into the class room. Note: This game is also good as a get-to-know game!

 

  Classifications of Classroom Activities

  • Subject-Based Activities

Each subject has several topics. The activities allow students to use knowledge and information to find out the meaning openly. For instance, you can use role plays for teaching social studies and civic education. For sciences, let your students  do research on topics. This way you allow them to find real-world theories themselves.

  • Technology-Based Activities: 

There are several internet and computer activities that present students’ chances to encounter multimedia learning of subjects like Mathematics and Sciences. These activities comprise media literacy and computer design projects.  

  • Career-Skills Activities  

Common in secondary education, career skills activities serve as a medium to groom students for the world of work. Find time for career skills activities during the normal school day.

  • Collaboration Activities

After high school, a person’s realization solely depends on their ability to work with other people.  Collaboration activities nurture and promote skills such as communication skills, tolerance, and teamwork. These activities are non-studious in nature, communicating and gratifying. 

Classroom Activities Inside

Pair Work

The idea behind this classroom activity is to advance listening and communication skills by allowing students to hold discussion in small groups. Pair work improves the learner’s self-esteem, and it also cultivates the habit of rational thinking. 

Benefits of pair work:

  • improves listening and communication skills
  • brings about fun and helps teachers use games to improve students’ inspiration and focus
  • develops language  eloquence helps in correcting mistakes
  • brings about a friendly classroom atmosphere that aids learning process. 

Group Work

The teacher  divides students in different groups. A group should be a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 students. There are many different classroom activities for group work. You can find some above in our activity cards.

Co-operative Learning

It is a productive teaching style in which small teams use their various learning activities to enhance their comprehension of a subject. Each member of the team needs to ensure that everybody understands what they are working on.  

Co-operative learning results: All members benefit from each other, they know that they have the same goal of understanding the topic or subject, they know that one person’s performance is as a result of their teamwork. They feel good when a team member is praised for doing well. 

The Role-Play Classroom Activity

The role-play allows the students is to enhance oral communication skills. Since verbal activities improve verbal competence, roleplays in classroom is a great way to enhance student’s communication proficiency. But there are some problems accompanied by the research which hinders its productivity.

 

 



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