Whether you want to engage students or just dull the pain that this year's election brings you... look no further! Put the "fun" in dysfunctional politics by playing Bingo during the presidential debates! I had great success with this activity in 2012, and I've expanded and updated it for the 2016 Election.
When the candidates discuss certain topics (like "the wall") or say certain phrases (like "tremendous"), you get to fill in the Bingo square if you have it on your card. First one to get 5 in a row wins!
If you don't have a TpT account and just want the Demo version with 2 free Bingo cards, you can download it at this link:
You can use these Bingo cards in any number of ways. I've had teachers send them home with students to use them live, and I've had friends/family use them unrelated to school just to add an element of fun to the debates.
I use them in class by showing the debates via YouTube during our class period. Any student who gets 5 in a row and calls out "Bingo" will get candy after I pause to verify the victory. We then keep playing without starting over so we can maximize the number of winners.
I really went overboard with this game for the 2016 election. I created 28 unique Bingo cards and randomly populated them with 93 unique phrases or topics. I've anticipated likely phrases and topics for the 2016 election specifically, as well as standard things that are likely to happen in any presidential debate. For example, you'll find bingo squares that say "Tremendous" or will refer to the "wall" between the US and Mexico, references to Justice Scalia, moments when the audience laughs or when the candidates talk over each other, and much more).
Because I got so excited and went overboard with this activity, I worked hard to expand it so it can be used in a variety of ways to meet your preferences. Here's what you'll find inside:
-- A "paper-saver" option. In this PDF, you'll find the 28 bingo cards arranged to fit 2 cards per page.
-- A "full page" option with one bingo card taking up an entire page with graphics on the squares to spice it up a bit
-- A "digital" option if you hate using paper and have a 1:1 classroom or computer cart to use. In this folder, you'll find each bingo card saved as a spreadsheet. When the student opens their file in Excel, it will let them highlight the squares (marking it when they hear the candidate say something on their card), but it will not let them edit the squares to change their Bingo card to fit with what happens in the debate. If you need to take away the password protection, there is a paper in this package with the password.
-- A series of humorous pictures of Trump and Hillary, pre-sized to be used as cut-outs to cover the squares to mark the squares when a candidate says what's on it.
Note: if a 3rd-Party candidate gets included in the debates, you can bet your bottom that I'll be updating this resource with new squares to reflect that development! If you buy it now you'll be able to download updated versions for free. Also in the works is a digital version of this Bingo game for classrooms with a 1:1 ratio. I'll alert all purchasers when new versions are posted!
If you're looking for more 2016 Election classroom resources, check out my excerpts from the 2016 Political Party Platforms by clicking here!
I'll be updating my Elections category throughout the election season, so check back for more!
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