This quick-paced, nail-biter of a back-to-school icebreaker game will leave your kids BEGGING for more! Team up to knock out the other team's player. The last team standing wins! This is by far the most engaging thing I've done for my classroom this year. My kids get SO excited when we play, and they work super hard all week practicing each other's names just so they can improve their Knockout™ game!
Not only is this GREAT for learning each other's names and faces the first week of school, but it builds character as it emphasizes teamwork and good sportsmanship.
A quick look at Knockout™ & how it is played:
•Divide your class into 2 single file lines
•Display the first slide
•The player at the front of his/her line faces off against the player from the other team: the first player to answer his/her question correctly wins and returns to the end of the line.
•The player who does not win goes to sit on the team "bench" to cheer on the team!
BUT WAIT. That's not all. If a player faces these slides, the following could happen:
•Double Free Pass: Both players automatically get to stay in the game!
•Double Knockout™: Both players are automatically out!
•Knockout™/Free Pass: One player goes, one stays!
•Pick a Pal: Choose a player from the bench to return to the game!
•Knockout™/Pick a Pal: One player goes, the other chooses a friend to return!
The team with players standing at the end of the game wins. In our classroom, we like to keep teams the same for a week or two and keep a running score as a Knockout™ "tournament."
This is a set of PowerPoint files and can be used on any device that supports PowerPoint. This particular game is only in PowerPoint format and is editable! You can customize your own game to include photographs of faces of your students, people around the school, or places around the school!
© Erin Waters 2016: This material is for single classroom use only. Additional copies are for sale; please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for building and district pricing. This material is copyrighted and you are not to create your own Knockout™ games or distribute in any way.
Try another free Knockout™ sample HERE to try before you buy!
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**Update: My kids now beg to play this during indoor recess. They choose this over Legos/cars/arts & crafts----yes, it's true.
I really cannot tell you enough how Knockout™ has changed the learning dynamic in my classroom. I am so happy to share it with you! Enjoy!
**I do not currently offer an editable version of Knockout™; however, I am actively taking requests for Knockout™ games. Please e-mail me at email@example.com or leave a comment in the Q&A section and I will add your request to the list. Thank you! :)**
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