Looking for a fun and interactive way to engage your students during class? Look no further than whiteboard games! These games are not only entertaining, but they also promote teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity. In this blog post, we’ll be sharing six whiteboard games that are sure to capture your students’ attention and keep them engaged throughout the lesson. Get ready to see your classroom come alive with these exciting and educational games!
Whiteboard Games Students Will Love
#1 One of my favorite whiteboard games I love to play with students is a classic game of Hangman–although, it’s time for a makeover.
Hangman is just not it. Or I usually ask them to choose a character for our word game and together we draw what the pieces will be. One year, my class played Pizza Man. Another year, it was Space Girl, and another time it was Tennis Player.
This is a fun beginning-of-the-year activity to bond with your students. It’s almost like having your own classroom mascot! This is an excellent way to introduce new vocabulary words and have students think critically about spelling and pronunciation. Students can work together in teams or compete against each other for the best score.
#2 The second of the whiteboard games I love to play with my students is a trivia-style game. This game works great when you want to reinforce a lesson topic or encourage students to do extra research. I usually ask students as a group to come up with a huge list of questions related to a topic. Sometimes, each student will contribute one (you can pass out sticky notes or index cards for this) and other times groups need to come up with 5 questions related to the topic, and then we have a pool of questions to choose from. We can use them in a whole class way, split into groups and use these buzzers, or do an old-school Around the World-type review.
#3 Speaking of old-school, the next game is Knockout.
Knockout is a review game where the class is split into two teams facing the whiteboard. Two players face off to answer their slide correctly first, and some slides like “Knockout” automatically remove players from the game. Other slides like “Free pass” let players stay in the game, and “Pick a pal” allows ousted players to return. The game ends when one team loses all of its players. More rules of Knockout can be found here.
This is an entertaining way to practice skills since it often gets very…heated lol. It gets major points in my book not only for how into it kids get but because of how easy it is to set up. All you have to do is click a button.
#4 Next on the list of my favorite whiteboard games to play with students is the One Word Game.
The One Word Game is a fun and interactive game to play with any age for any topic. You don’t even technically need a whiteboard for this but it definitely makes it more fun! It’s played like this: students can take turns giving one-word clues related to a specific word or step in a subject, such as rhyming words for CVC words or steps in the water cycle.
This game helps students practice their skills and reinforce their understanding of the subject. It is a versatile tool that can be used in many subjects to aid with reviewing and retention. You can find the game here. You can also play a just-for-fun version if you own the countdown to summer pack!
#5 The second to last of the whiteboard games that made the list is Make Your Move.
Make Your Move is a game that includes predicting and movement. To play, students will choose their “character” and mimic their moves shown on the screen. On the next slide, the character will be moving on top of a math fact or other review question. Students making that move must call out the answer to the question their character is on top of.
#6 And finally, we have Peeramid. This one is rather different!
This whiteboard game will encourage communication and relationship-building all year long. Each week, a new set of Peeramid questions are posted. Students must all answer them and then spend the week getting to know their classmates. Encourage them to ask other peers the questions at lunch, recess, and small group time. At the end of the week, a Featured Peer will be chosen. Students must guess the Featured Peer’s answers–those who have spent time getting to know their classmates will come out on top!
So many whiteboard games provide the chance to work together as a class, learn and practice skills, and have fun. Especially on days you are stuck inside, or kids are antsy for the weekend or an upcoming holiday, this really gets the job done. It’s a win-win for everyone!
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