This is an exercise to get students thinking and moving. The neurons in the brain will be rapidly firing after playing Categories. This activity works for students of all ages. I have played it with elementary students and with adult ESL students. Both groups have asked to repeat the activity again and again.
To play you will need to divide the class into groups of 4. Each group of 4 will get a ball. When the teacher provides the category the person holding the ball must provide one example of something from that particular category. Example: Category = Sports. Each person has five seconds before their time is up. If they fail to say something that relates to the category, or if they say nothing at all, that person will sit down until the end of the game. After naming something correctly from the category, the student then gently tosses the ball to another student and the process is repeated. The rules are explained in detail on the slide show. The activity is designed to engage students on a physical and mental level.
I have listed 30 different categories that I have used in my classes. I use this activity when the energy in the classroom in fading or to review key words from a unit we covered. After completing this activity students are re energized and ready to reengage. I have also included the PowerPoint file so you can ad, remove, or adapt this activity to your classroom and your students.