5 Educational Games for Elementary Students
When you think back to the games you played in the classroom with your teacher, what do you remember? Where they fun? Boring? Not very stimulating? Maybe they were great. The games that the kids play these days tend to often be computer-based. What happened to playing actual class interactive games? I know I liked when the whole class was involved. Here are a few that are awesome for classroom interaction.
1. Password – The teacher chooses two “contestants”. Then have them play a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who goes first. The two contestants stand in front of the class and face their classmates. Now the teacher writes a “reveal” word on the chalkboard so the class can see it but the two students can’t. The other students put their hands up to give clues that consist of one word. The contestants go back and forth between them choosing someone to give them a clue to the password. The contestant who guesses the password first remains up in front of everyone and the contestant who doesn’t guess correctly sits down and is replaced by another contestant.
2. Sparkle – This game is a great way to practice the spelling words of the week or previous week. The students line up. The teacher says the first word. The first student in line calls out the first letter in that word. The second student calls out the second letter, the third calls out the third one and so on. The student who says the last letter in the word needs to turn to the next person and say sparkle. The person who is sparkled must return to their seat. If a word is not spelled correctly, the person who misspelled must sit down and the spelling of the word keeps going. After a student is sparkled, the teacher calls out a new word and the game continues till there is one student standing.
3. Silent – In this game, silence is the key to the game. Students need to put themselves in order without saying anything. For example, challenge students to sequence themselves in order of height. The game is very adaptable with little preparation required. Another example of this game; if the class is studying province capitals, count out enough post-its for each student. On each note, write down the name of a province capital. Each student must silently put themselves in order of each province on the map of Canada.
4. Piecing the Puzzle – This game does require a bit of pre-planning but it’s totally worth it. The teacher needs to laminate pictures (calendar pictures are easy to use). You may laminate pictures according to the current week’s lesson and then cut them up into puzzle pieces. It can be about anything and have groups of students put them together.
5. Seven up, Stand up – This is an old favorite. Choose seven students to be “it”. Those students go to the front of the room. The other students put their heads on the desk so they can’t see. The seven students then go out to the rows of students and tap one of them. When a student is tapped, they raise their hand. When all seven students return to the front of the room they say “Seven up, Stand up!”. Each student who was tapped has a chance to guess which of the seven up front tapped them. If a student correctly guesses who, they replace them and the game starts again.