Use GAMES to keep MIDDLE SCHOOLERS excited about and engaged in learning!
A few weeks ago, I posted about how I jazzed up worksheets to make grammar practice more fun! This time, I want to tell you about some games I use to keep kids engaged and excited about learning! Here are my Top 10 games to play in the ELA Middle School Classroom!
1. KahootIf you don't know about Kahoot yet, click on the link to check it out! Kahoot is an awesome interactive quizzing game that kids absolutely LOVE! Every student needs an iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android device, or computer to play. The teacher can create their own "Kahoot", or choose from the millions of ready-made Kahoots on the site. The teacher logs in under their own ID and projects their view, then kids log in using a game pin. Kahoot takes it from there! Questions are flashed on the projection and kids use their device to answer a multiple choice question. Kids can then see who is winning, and you can see how many kids answered correctly or incorrectly! You can even download the data! Talk about a great formative assessment tool! This is the PERFECT game for 1:1 technology schools!
I love Quizlet for a bunch of reasons! It is super adaptable! Teachers or students can create flashcards to review vocabulary terms, or just about anything! There are also tons of ready-made Quizlets out there to choose from! Once you have a Quizlet set created, students can practice on their own devices in many ways: matching games, races, etc. I love using Quizlet to play games in the classroom, like the old favorite "around the world", or Trashketball (see #3). The benefit to Quizlet is that when used in the classroom, students don't need their own devices.
There are many versions of Trashketball, but my version is really simple and really effective. I create a Quizlet, then I describe the rules to Trashketball which applies to any Quizlet set.
1. Break the class into teams. (3 usually works best)
2. Each team takes turns answering a question.
Students on the team take turns individually.
If the student answers correctly, they earn 2 points.
If they need to ask the other team members for help and then answer correctly, they get 1 point.
3.If the team gets the question right, they shoot an extra point basket.
I use a garbage can and a foam ball.
If the student who answered can make the basket, they get to add a point to their team score.