BACKGROUND: This game was inspired by the ice breaker game “Ships and Sailors” that I learned recently as a counselor at camp. It is high energy and involves the students running around so doing this in a gym (or wrestling room like we do) tends to work best.
I have seen some of the most quiet and introverted students completely let go and embrace this game!
I hope you and your students enjoy this as much as we do! ~Anabela
INCLUDED: 2 Worksheet versions for differentiation PLUS Answer Keys for both
PRIOR KNOWLEDGE / GAME CONCEPT REVIEW:
- Subatomic Particles and their properties (charges, locations, relative masses)
- Atomic Number vs. Atomic Mass
QUICK LESSON OVERVIEW
GETTING STARTED (5-10 min): Learn the “calls” and “formations” first-- have students model the formations in front of the class.
GAME PLAY (~20 minutes):
How to Play: Caller yells out commands and students get into formations.
How Do You Get Out? Students are out if there aren’t enough to complete the formation that is called. For example, “Nucleus” is called and requires 4 students to form a group, but 3 students are left ungrouped - they are out.
How Do You Win? Last One(s) Standing Wins! (3 Rounds Suggested)
REVIEW GAME ROUND UP:
Assign Worksheet for homework or can be completed in class next day (depending on student population).