Fun and Simple Classroom Games

In this article, we want to talk about the importance of classroom games. We listed some of our favorite classroom games, suitable for all grades and subjects.

Classroom games are not only beneficial for students. Well schemed, classroom games can help interactions between teachers and students in the classroom. Quick and easy games can bring a lot of fun back to the classroom and, more importantly, can bring the focus of the students back to the teacher. Some games allow learners to discover more knowledge through using automated programs, visiting the library, and accessing relevant sites online.

Have an Ace up Your Sleeve

As a teacher or tutor, it is always good to have an ace up your sleeve. It can be handy to have some classroom games in any substitute teacher bag. If your lesson plan does not work out the way you thought it would, games can be a lifesaver. For those situations, it is always good to have a few classroom games in the back of your mind.

We have a few ideas for the unpredictable hours. No preparation is required for the following games.

Our Favourite Classroom Games (With Online Course Variation)

1. The Discussion

The discussion can be conducted in any language. The teacher comes up with funny topics for debate, or the students find an article in the NYTimes. For example: “Pets at school,” “School-free Friday,” “School does not start before 10 am”. The class is divided into two groups. One group is the proponent; one group is the opponent. The teacher chooses two students for the jury. The two groups must now try to convince the jury with their arguments. The groups have 5 minutes to think about their point of view before the discussion begins.

Online Course Variation:

The teacher has to split the online class into two breakout rooms. The teacher can now divide the group in half and send the students into the breakout room. The students prepare their arguments for the discussion. The teacher can set an automatic time-limit. Once the time is up, all students will be sent back to the main room automatically. The two students, who are the jury, can either jump between the two rooms to listen to the internal discussion, or the teacher creates a third breakout room for them to prepare some additional questions for the group.

2. Whoever Says it, Burns

The class is divided into two 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 a question. Important: If one of the group members says the word, they “burns,” and the game is over. The group whose students first guessed the term wins.

Online Course Variation:

The teacher sends the two students to a breakout room and gets them back as soon as the group knows the secret. Once all students are back in the main meeting room, the questions can begin.

3. 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 to stand on the right side of the classroom, those students who believe it is wrong to stand on the left side of the classroom. The teacher gives the answer. Those who stand on the wrong side have to sit down. The last remaining student wins.

Online Course Variation:

An alternative for the classroom sides, the student writes “yes” or “no” in the group chat.

4. 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.

Online Course Variation:

All students have their webcam on so that the teacher can see the students follow the movements from their desks on their chairs at home.

5. Air Kiss

During this activity, students can either sit 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 student. The others or the partner has to guess what has been written in the air. This activity is great to get some silence in the classroom. Note: This game is also good as a get-to-know game!

Online Course Variation:

The teacher opens up on online-whiteboard. Instead of air-writing the word, the teacher gives away the control to one student at a time. The student will draw a word. The other students have to guess by writing their answers in the chat. The chat is a good way to avoid chaos when all students talk simultaneously, and the teacher can not see who guessed the answer correctly at first.

What Is Your Favorite Classroom Game?

We are happy about any new ideas. Please leave a comment if you have more ideas for classroom games or virtual classroom games.



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