Overview: This is a fun back-to-school activity. It works well on the first day of classes. The activity is structured to create interaction amongst all students--extroverts and introverts alike. During this interaction, students learn about each other and are able to engage in a bit of friendly competition.
*I'm always self-conscious about making thorough explanations. So, forgive me if the instructions seem over-complicated. I just want to make sure the game is understood!
How to Play: Each student will receive a game board. They take a minute or two to fill out the game board by answering the question in each square (they put their answer on the line). After the game boards are filled, they must locate classmates that have provided the same answer. Obviously, the only way to do this is via interaction. Once they've found their "match," the students will place the name of their classmate under the answer (which is under the line) on their game board. In order to connect with as many classmates as possible, students can only get the peer's signature once. Make sure students don't huddle up or simply pass their papers around. It avoids the whole point of the exercise, which is one-on-one interaction.
Example: Kerry's favorite sport is volleyball. After asking three classmates about their favorite sports, she finally finds Misty, a fellow classmate who also put volleyball as her favorite sport. So, Misty puts her name under the answer (located on Kerry's game board), and Kerry reciprocates. They can't fill in another square on each other's game board, so they're off to interact with other classmates.
Modifications: Of course, teachers can adjust the rules based on their needs. For example, if you have a smaller class, you can allow two signatures per game board instead of one. Also, teachers can decide if they want to time this activity or not.
Personal Experience: I've used this activity with both my 6th and 7th grade language arts classes. They loved it! There was a friendly competition to get the first "full" Bingo board. Overall, it wasn't too elementary for them and proved to be a lot of fun!
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