Handshake Killer

How to Play: This fun ice breaker game is great for large groups. First, give the class a few questions they can ask each other - "How was your weekend/summer?" "What's your favorite _____?" "When's your birthday?" etc. Then, explain the game: The teacher will secretly choose one person to be the "killer". Everybody will walk... Continue Reading →


Catch Phrase

How to Play: Just like the board game! Students are divided into teams. Write vocabulary words on separate pieces of paper (or have the students write them). One student begins by choosing one paper and describing the word (without say any part of the word or pointing to anything or making any gestures) to their... Continue Reading →

How to Carry Out Successful Class Games

Organization is key: If the students don't understand the game, it won't be fun. Be sure to explain all of the rules, the objective of the game and how to win. Demonstrate with 2 or 3 students before beginning.  For a lot of games, I number students from first to last on each team (usually based... Continue Reading →

Hit the Deck

How to Play: This is a fun camp-like game that works well with younger students (especially during gym class). Teach students a series of moves: "Hit the Deck": lay face down, flat on the floor "Pirate": one leg bent (peg leg), one hand over your eye (eye patch) and other arm curled onto your shoulder... Continue Reading →

Going to the Moon

How to Play: This game is about guessing a pattern or rule. In a small group (3-8 students is best), the teacher tells them that they're going to the moon. The teacher comes up with a pattern, for example, things that are yellow. So the teacher says "I'm going to the moon and I'm taking a... Continue Reading →

Reading Relay

How to Play: This works great when the students have to read/memorize a text. Print out the text with missing words (it's best if it's the vocabulary words they need to know). The students work in pairs - one is the "writer" and one is the "reader". The reader (and only the reader!) can go... Continue Reading →

20 Questions

How to Play: Teacher goes first and thinks of any noun (you can give them a category if you want to make it easier). Students have 20 yes-or-no questions to guess what the teacher is thinking. Whoever can guess the noun, gets to go next. Other Tips/Alternatives: If their level is low, give them ideas of... Continue Reading →


How to Play: This game is excellent for when they're learning numbers, or when you only have a few minutes of class to kill. Designate an order for the students to be in (I usually play with them as well). Everybody counts off but every time there is a 3, 6, or 9 in the number,... Continue Reading →


How to Play: This is a good game to play when the students have to read from their books. Designate an order for the students to be in. Students can read either one, two or three words from the text (they decide). When they come across a period/full-stop, they say "sparkle" - which means the person... Continue Reading →

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