I’ve used this activity both at the beginning of the year as an ice-breaker and a way to introduce students to each other, and at the end of the year to celebrate the friendships that we had formed. It has always been a big hit with the kids.
What I did was copy the Bingo Game Board onto cardstock and then laminate the blank boards. The first time I played the game, I drew out student names from our name jar (popsicle sticks with student’s names on it) and students decided where to write that name using a vis-à-vis pen on their board. (This allows for a variety of game boards to be made quickly, and clean up is easy.)
Once all the student names were written in, the kids would write in other important teachers/people from school (such as the principal, asst. principal, nurse, SRP, Quest, Counselor, librarian, and me). If you still had empty boxes, you can have them write in FREE SPACE for those, or you could have them color out a row or column depending upon the size of your class.
It’s always endearing when you play the game to hear them chanting a student’s name. That student always has a huge smile on their face, especially if their name helped someone “win” the game!
I hope you find this activity as fun as my students and I have!