These 10 Minute to Win It games are a fun way to start the year. It can be a great way to get students talking and meeting one another, as well as promoting teamwork. I love to watch the students try to problem solve and discuss strategies on solving each task. You can learn a lot of about your students by just observing in them. These games are also great at the end of the year.
I have included a teacher page with You Tube links on how to play each game. I show the students each video before they begin the games. You can set up the games in centers around the room and have small groups rotate around the room. Pick and choose the games you want or use all of them over several days. I usually give each group approximately 7-8 minutes before rotating them. That way they can have time to try the task more than once. Have fun!