5-Minute Faceoff | A Paperless Partner Brain Break Game | Distance Learning

Erin Waters
Grade Levels
K - 3rd
Formats Included
  • Zip
200 pages
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5-Minute Faceoff is a quick, simple, brain break alternative that involves partners, creative thinking, writing practice, and FUN---but also, is a NO PREP and PAPERLESS option for today’s busy teacher.

Distance learning? No problem! This brain break is also great at reinforcing academic skills. Include slides in your daily digital tasks and have students respond with a family member or even individually. Slides can also be printed to include in a send-home packet.

How to Play:

1. A prompt is projected on the whiteboard (for example: “Write a list of things you see at the beach.”)

2. Partners sit back-to-back with dry erase boards and markers

3. In the 5 minutes given by the timer on the slide, each student writes as many words on his board as he can think of.

4. Once the timer is finished, partners compare answers. Each similar answer is crossed off, and each unique answer earns a student 1 point.

5. The player with the most points is the winner!

Why 5-Minute Faceoff?

•Brain Break Variety: A fresh alternative to regular brain breaks that students might tire of

• “Hidden” Learning: Students practice foundational skills like stretching out words, thinking in categories, sorting information—all while “playing”!

•Building Sportsmanship: Students exercise teamwork and sportsmanship skills as they learn to navigate winning and losing graciously with a partner or group.

Tell Me More About the Prompts!

This pack includes 180 unique prompts*. The slides can be viewed on a whiteboard using PowerPoint OR the slides can be printed and placed in a station or used for a “When I’m Done” activity. Please note that if the slides are printed, you will need to provide a timing device (sand timers work well!) for students to use in that station.

*The prompts are designed to be appropriate for most K-3 classrooms; 90 of the slides are “just for fun” category slides while the other 90 slides focus on a wide range of phonics, math skills, etc. (for example: make a list of words that rhyme with ‘cot.’). Some of the skills targeted might be new to younger students earlier in the year and they may also be review for older students; however, the majority of slides will appeal to a wide range of ages. Slides that are “easier” or “harder” for a group of students can be used effectively in guided math or reading groups as well!

What Is Included?

•180 slides {PowerPoint file with timers}

•Printable PowerPoint version {without timers}

•A “Read First” teacher guide to using this product

•Student-friendly, visual, step-by-step directions about how to play

*Please read the ENTIRE “Read First” file before you e-mail me or enter questions on my Q&A tab. This file includes any and all information you will need to use this product. If you have read the file and still need clarification, please feel free to e-mail me or drop a question on my TPT Q&A page and I’d be happy to help!*

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Erin Waters

Elementary Education


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