Impromptu Ad Lib Fun is a great activity for any time, especially towards the end of the year when you need a break. This activity challenges students to think quickly while also allowing them to have fun. Students get into small groups and select a quote from an envelope. The quotes are included here, and they are from a wide variety of people including writers, athletes, musicians, etc. Students must speak for 60 seconds on the topic while someone in the group keeps time. If they speak for the time limit, they are still in the game. If students can't think of anything to say or can't hold out for the time limit, they are eliminated. There is an option for a whole-class competition and a differentiated option for struggling students.
I have carefully selected quotes that middle school students will understand and be able to relate to, but if you want a more challenging version, try the high school version here:
Impromptu Speeches - Ad Lib High School Fun