After teaching your students about the 50 states, this is a fun activity to review them! This activity will get students up and out of their seats and allow them to think analytically about the different states.
Print the strips on 11x17 paper and cut apart. 11x17 is the largest paper I can print on at school, but I’ve found it doesn’t quite wrap all the way around the kids’ heads. To fix this you can either use a long piece of scotch tape to attach the ends, OR if you are planning to reuse these you can cut strips of butcher paper approximately 24 inches long and tape/glue/staple the state names onto the strips.
Each child gets a headband. Wrap it around their head and tape it in the back so the word is on their forehead. Don’t let the student see what their word is! This is crucial.
Next, have students get a whiteboard or piece of paper with a clipboard. Students can write themselves notes on their whiteboard/paper to help them deduce what their word they might be. OR you can print the sample questions page for each student and they can cross out ones that aren’t true for their word. Students will walk around the room and find a partner. They can ask that partner THREE questions to help them figure out what their state is. They can ONLY ask yes or no questions. I suggest displaying the Sample
Questions page on the board for students to reference. After asking three questions they may guess what their word is. If they get it right, they’re done and can sit down. If they are not correct, they will find another partner and continue asking 3 questions to new partners
until they can guess their text, or until time runs out.