Earth Day BINGO Activity
(Students make their own bingo cards!)
- Single sheet containing the bingo card and pictures – photocopy one page per student
- Bingo chips (or small scrap paper squares) to mark bingo cards, at least 9 per student
- One set of enlarged bingo pictures for display on a pocket chart… this is your “master” set of pictures for the bingo caller/teacher. I like to make this ahead of time by mounting each picture on coloured paper like green and blue, with the same “Earth Day Bingo” picture on the back of each (see next page), and displaying them in a pocket chart. Or, you can simply fold up the master pictures, put them in a bottle, and shake them out one at a time as the bingo caller.
1. Students cut their page in half – to separate the bingo card from the pictures.
2. Write their names at the bottom of the bingo cards.
3. Choose & cut out 8 different pictures, along the dotted lines, then glue onto their bingo cards.
4. The picture in the middle of the bingo card is a “freebie” – start with a chip already there.
5. Teacher places all of the enlarged bingo pictures in a pocket chart with the pictures facing away from students (hidden). Or, fold up the master pictures, put them in a bottle, and shake them out one at a time.
6. Teacher can ask students to take turns choosing pictures in the pocket chart. Flip over each card, identify the picture, then students look for the same pictures on their bingo cards and put chips on them. Sometimes, I like to make this interesting by taking the card, giving the students a few clues about the picture I’m holding, then let them guess for a few seconds before showing them the picture… “What is the name of our planet? It’s… earth!”
7. Teacher decides before each round how students can win – for example, 3 chips in a row (horizontal, vertical and/or diagonal) or fill their bingo card. Shout, “BINGO” if you’ve won!