High school students enjoy playing games. The lighthearted break allows them to relax and get to know each other and the teacher much better. Build better rapport in the classroom by regularly incorporating games into your routine.
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Many of the high school students probably played this game as children. It was fun then, and surprisingly, it is still a fun game for high school students. Fill a tray with 15 to 20 items, and cover with a sheet. Take the sheet off for a maximum of 10 seconds. Then cover and remove the tray from view. Now the students must record as many items as they can remember from the tray. The one who can remember the most wins.
Another way to continue the play is to show the tray for 10 seconds, then remove one item and show the tray again. See who can recall what item was removed the fastest. This memory game can be played again and again to build visual skills and attention to detail.
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This is a game that works well at the beginning of a school year, but can be played at any point during the year when you feel students need to get to know one another better. The idea is for students to interview classmates to find out if they fit in a certain category.
To begin, have the class brainstorm a list of possible ideas that are written on the board. Alternately, you could have a list ready to hand out. They then must find students who fit the categories. Ideas include statements such as, I went out of town for vacation, I have one sister, I have a pet hamster and so on.
The student who finds out the most information in the shortest amount of time could be named the winner, but really, getting to know fellow classmates is an all-around winning activity.
Playing this traditional party game in school has its benefits. Charades can be played along a theme that deals with the subject matter you are learning in your classroom, or it can be just a way to build teamwork and camaraderie among students.
Break the classroom into groups of four to play. The group then receives its challenge and must work together to act it out. Movies, historical events, songs and places are possible choices for subject matter.
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