Hands-On Student Games and Activities in Classroom


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Afternoon sessions are main concerns for every educator. Teachers struggle with the problem that how they can charge up their students. Conventional teaching methods would not be very productive when the students are tired or sleepy. Having some fun classroom activities can make students active after the lunch hour.

Here are a few among the most played cool classroom activities for students of diverse class levels:

1. PICTIONARY

Materials needed:
Whiteboard
Dry-erase markers
Timer
Vocabulary list

How to Play:
Split the class into 2 teams. Taking turns, students from each team come up and choose a vocabulary word. Set the timer to 30 seconds. The student draws something on the board while only their team tries to guess the word. If they guess before time runs out, they get a point and a new student from the same team draws. If the same team guesses correctly 3 times in a row, let both teams guess. The winning team gets a prize, a bonus point on the test, a privilege, etc.

2. WHITEBOARD BULL'S-EYE

Materials needed:
Whiteboard
Suction (above)
Dry-erase marker
Vocabulary list/test review questions/flashcards

How to Play:
Split the class into 2 teams. Draw a target on the whiteboard, labeling each circular ring with a different point value. Quiz students individually on anything you want. If they answer correctly, they get to throw the ball at the target for points. The winning team gets a prize, a bonus point on the test, a privilege, etc.

3. Freeze Dance

Materials needed:
Music system
Tracks/Songs

How to Play:
If you want to get your students up and moving on a cold and wintery day, then playing freeze dance is the way to go. It will not only help them break a sweat, but it will get all of their energy out in a matter of a few minutes. To play, all you have to do is put on some music and tell them to let loose. When the music stops they must freeze. Anyone who doesn't freeze is out of the game. The last one left standing wins!

4. Blind Artist:

Materials needed:
Pictures
Plain Papers & Pencil

How to Play:
A student will be given a picture and the other student will be given a plain paper and pencil. The student with the picture has to describe what is in the picture without actually telling what it is.The other person has to bring in some creativity and imagination to draw a picture according to his/her description.

5. TRUE OR FALSE?

Materials needed:
2 sets of Yes/No Sound Buzzers (above)
Vocabulary list

How to Play:
Split the class into 2 teams. A student from each team faces off with the 'Yes/No' buzzers. Read out a word and a definition, saying sometimes the correct definition, and sometimes the incorrect definition. Students must hit the YES buzzer if they think it's a correct definition, and the NO buzzer if they think it's incorrect. The first student to hit the right buzzer gets a point for their team and 2 new students play.

If the definition is incorrect, the first student to hit the NO buzzer gets a chance to say the correct definition for an extra point. The winning team gets a prize, a bonus point on the test, a privilege, etc.

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