This game is a fun activity that I use in my classroom to review key concepts, help students learn from each other, and to build teamwork and critical thinking skills.
There are three game boards for your classroom depending on class size. A game board with 4, 6, and 8 teams. The team names can be customized so students can be creative with whatever team name they would like to come up with for their group.
The back story for this game is that each group has been captured on a stranded island by cannibals. They enjoy watching their meals compete, so they have created “Classroom Survivor.” The winning group gets to “SURVIVE” being eaten and leave the island unharmed. Will your group survive being boiled in the “Pot of Ouch?”
A marker/pen to write on popsicle sticks.
Popsicle sticks with numbers written on the bottom.
A cup to hold the popsicle sticks.
Smart Board with “Classroom Survivor” game.
Students teamed up in groups of four, six, or eight.
Candy/Pop/Trinket/Trophy for winning team.
Whiteboard/sheets of paper.
Preparation is quite simple.
Figure out how many teams you are going to have four, six, or eight.
Get five popsicle sticks out and write the number “1” at the bottom of each. Then take five more popsicle sticks and write the number “2” at the bottom of each. Then take five more popsicle sticks and write the number “3” at the bottom. Do this for however many groups you have. Once you have five popsicle sticks for each group, place these sticks into the cup.
Take three popsicle sticks and write “Safety Idol” on the bottom, and place them into the cup.
Take two more popsicle sticks and write “take 2”, and “take 3.” Place these popsicle sticks in the cup.
Mix the popsicle sticks up in the cup.
THE GOAL OF THE GAME:
To be the last team to survive, or have the most people left.
HOW TO PLAY:
You will be given 2-3 questions per round. At the end of each round, you will have a chance to attack/heal opponents, or heal yourself.
Each student should have a whiteboard, or paper and whiteboard markers, or pencils.
Each member of the group MUST answer the question on their own. You will then be given time to discuss your answers in your group before answering to the class.
While you discuss your answers in your group, you will share what the correct answer is and why. At that time, group members can change their answers if they were incorrect.
When you share out the answer to the class, if your group was correct, someone from your group can come draw one popsicle stick from the cup.
DO NOT SHARE what stick you got with other groups. After the first round of questions are done, we will go to each group and they will have a chance to use their popsicle sticks to attack, heal, or do nothing.
My students love this game. I have taken time to make this highly engaging and interactive. Hope your students enjoy this game as much as my students do.