Five Fun Classroom Games [Intermediate Grades]

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Five fun classroom games motivate kids to learn! Your third, fourth, or fifth grade students will love them. Fortunately, it takes only a few minutes to convert your review sheets to games like Swat, Back, Head, Draw, and Pull.

Classroom Games - Five Games in One

Why Use Classroom Games

First, let’s look at five reasons to use classroom games:

  1. Say hello to active, student-centered practice. Kids are up and moving. Discipline improves. Everyone’s involved.
  2. Say goodbye to boring worksheets. You’ll cover the same material without them.
  3. Turn those frowns upside down. Your students are happy. And let’s face it, when they’re happy, you’re smiling too.
  4. Forget the grading. If you need a grade, just carry a clipboard and take participation points.
  5. Watch those test scores rise. When kids are engaged in fun activities, they learn better.

Classroom Games - Swat

Swat

Materials:

  • 2-4 fly swatters
  • set of questions or definitions
  • answer cards

Set-Up:

  • Tape or staple answer cards onto wall or chalkboard.

Play:

  • Divide students in two to four teams.
  • Organize teams in lines facing the words.
  • Explain that you will read a question/definition. The student who swats the answer first will get a point for their team.
  • Give a fly swatter to the first student in each line. Begin.
  • Continue with the next student in line until all questions are read. Repeat if desired.

Note: This is a fast-paced, competitive game. Students may argue about whose swatter hit first. Explain that you are the judge, and those arguing will be removed from the game.

Classroom Games - Back

Back

Materials:

  • set of questions or definitions, cut apart
  • answer cards

Set-Up:

  • Make sure the number of answer cards is equal to the number of students playing.

Play:

  • Tape or pin one card to each child’s back.
  • Hand one question to each child. (No one should have the answer to their question.)
  • Tell students to find the person whose card answers their question.
  • Discuss and/or play again.

Variation: Don’t use questions. Instead, have students ask yes/no questions of one another until they figure out the terms on their backs. (This works especially well for vocabulary.)

Classroom Games - Head

Head

Materials:

  • vocabulary cards

Set -Up:

  • Make or copy one set of terms for each group.

Play:

  • Organize students in groups of three or four.
  • Give one set of cards to each group and ask them to shuffle.
  • Have them place cards upside down on table or desk between them.
  • The first student draws a card from the bottom of the stack. Without looking, he/she holds the card to his/her forehead (similar to Headbanz).
  • The other students call out hints until the child guesses the term.
  • Continue playing until all cards are used.

Classroom Games - Draw

Draw

Materials:

  • vocabulary cards
  • container
  • chalkboard or Smartboard

Set-Up:

  • Fold cards and place in container.

Play:

  • The first student draws a card.
  • He/she goes to the board and begins to draw a picture that corresponds to the word(s) on the card (similar to Pictionary).
  • Students guess by calling out possibilities. If no one guesses correctly in 30 seconds, the teacher explains.
  • Play continues until all students get a chance to draw or all cards are used.

Classroom Games - PullPull

Materials:

  • set of questions or definitions
  • Jenga or similar set of blocks

Set-Up:

  • Build tower of blocks on a desk or table.

Play:

  • Organize students in two teams and line them up.
  • Ask the first player on the first team to pull a block from the tower and lay it on the desk/table.
  • Ask the first player a question.
    • If the player answers correctly, the first player on the other team picks up the block and places it on top of the tower. He/she then answers a question.
    • If the player answers incorrectly, the next player on his/her team places the block on top of the tower, pulls out another block, and is asked a question.
  • Play continues until the tower falls. The other team wins.

Get Started with Classroom Games

Why not try some games for your next review session? Just transfer your questions and answers to cards. Soon, your classroom will be a more energetic, engaging space!

For more convenience, check out the ready-made game sets in my Teachers pay Teachers store. I’m adding more all the time.

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