For high school students and teachers, sitting through a full day of work classes can become quite boring. One way to add some fun and excitement to your classroom is to intersperse teaching lessons with fun and interactive games. These games will get the energy up in your classroom and actively engage your students in the material you are covering.
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Add some fun and excitement to a review session in you high school classroom by playing Jeopardy. This game can be played with any subject and works best as a review game at the end of a chapter or unit. Divide the classroom into two or three teams depending on the size of your class. Place four different categories on the board that correspond to the material being covered, for example "Allied Powers." Come up with four questions for each category that differ in difficulty. Harder questions are worth more points than easy questions. Have students pick a category and a point value. If they get the question correct they win the corresponding number of points. Teams will alternate answering questions.
This game is ideal for foreign language classes at the high school level. Prior to class, find 20 objects in or around the classroom that you have covered in class. Remove any labels that might identify what each of the objects is in either the foreign language or English. Divide students into two groups and provide them with a list of the objects they will need to find. The list should be written in the foreign language to test the students vocabulary retention. Provide each team with a digital camera and instruct them to find the items listed and take a picture of them. The first team to find and photograph all of the items correctly wins.
Charades is a great way to get high school students up and involved in the material. While almost any subject matter could work with charades, classes that deal with specific people or events will work best. Prior to class, write the name of a person or event on a slip of paper and place the slip in a bowl. Write enough slips so each student will be able to act at least once. Divide the class into two teams. Students will then act out the person or event without speaking. One team will act at a time and the other team will guess. Teams will alternate who acts and who guesses each turn. Continue until time expires or all of the prompts have been used.
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