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Offline oatmealkooky

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No more bomb games!
« on: August 21, 2017, 08:46:03 PM »
Bomb games are fun, but they can take forever to make, and that's unpaid time.

But all in all, I'd just like to mix things up more, so I'm looking for games that don't take any prep (or at least very minimal, ideally one-time, prep).

Any thoughts? Where can I find some ideas?

This would be for elementary classes with between eight and 24 students.

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2017, 10:03:50 PM »
scateggories, miming, taboo, backs to the board, running dictation, describe the picture, go fish...

all game my students enjoy with minimal prep, and requires them to use english

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2017, 01:44:55 AM »
Bomb games are fun, but they can take forever to make, and that's unpaid time.

But all in all, I'd just like to mix things up more, so I'm looking for games that don't take any prep (or at least very minimal, ideally one-time, prep).

Any thoughts? Where can I find some ideas?

This would be for elementary classes with between eight and 24 students.

Yep, I make most of my games with that idea in mind - fun and little prep time.
An even bigger problem with bomb games though is that they are all the same.  We need a little bit more diversity - and it seems like very few people here have good ideas on new game concepts. 

By the way, the best thing people can do about the lack of diverse and easy to prep games is to make new games themselves.  I'd argue that the number of people skilled in making bomb games has shrunk very significantly in the past couple of years.
« Last Edit: August 22, 2017, 01:56:10 AM by maximmm »

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2017, 01:47:27 AM »
I know of a place that has some pretty cool gameshow style templates that just need questions and answers to be added and it'll do the rest :)

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2017, 11:07:37 AM »
I don't know how well it will work for elementary, but at the middle school level my go to easy, no prep time game is a sentence writing game. Basically I take one or two vocabulary words and make them write a sentence using those words. the first team to complete a sentence that is grammatically correct gets 2 points. Any team that writes a grammatically correct sentence gets 1 point, and the team that writes the craziest, silliest, weirdest sentence, gets 3 points. I like the crazy sentence thing because it forces them to think of the vocab outside of the wrote textbook answers.

All you need are small white boards or even just a blackboard.

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2017, 11:16:29 AM »
Bomb games are fun, but they can take forever to make, and that's unpaid time.

But all in all, I'd just like to mix things up more, so I'm looking for games that don't take any prep (or at least very minimal, ideally one-time, prep).

Any thoughts? Where can I find some ideas?

This would be for elementary classes with between eight and 24 students.

Yep, I make most of my games with that idea in mind - fun and little prep time.
An even bigger problem with bomb games though is that they are all the same.  We need a little bit more diversity - and it seems like very few people here have good ideas on new game concepts. 

By the way, the best thing people can do about the lack of diverse and easy to prep games is to make new games themselves.  I'd argue that the number of people skilled in making bomb games has shrunk very significantly in the past couple of years.

The trick to bomb games is to make the questions and answers more dynamic, for example:

- Set up a Jenga tower, whenever a team gets X amount of points, someone has to take X amount of blocks from the Jenga tower. If it falls, their team loses 5 points or something. Points become a double edged sword.

- Have questions like, "Your team has 20sec to collect 5 things starting with the letter S", or "Do a roleplay with a team member and order a pizza over the phone, you'll get 1-3 points"

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2017, 11:38:08 AM »
Bomb games are fun, but they can take forever to make, and that's unpaid time.

But all in all, I'd just like to mix things up more, so I'm looking for games that don't take any prep (or at least very minimal, ideally one-time, prep).

Any thoughts? Where can I find some ideas?

This would be for elementary classes with between eight and 24 students.

Yep, I make most of my games with that idea in mind - fun and little prep time.
An even bigger problem with bomb games though is that they are all the same.  We need a little bit more diversity - and it seems like very few people here have good ideas on new game concepts. 

By the way, the best thing people can do about the lack of diverse and easy to prep games is to make new games themselves.  I'd argue that the number of people skilled in making bomb games has shrunk very significantly in the past couple of years.

The trick to bomb games is to make the questions and answers more dynamic, for example:

- Set up a Jenga tower, whenever a team gets X amount of points, someone has to take X amount of blocks from the Jenga tower. If it falls, their team loses 5 points or something. Points become a double edged sword.

- Have questions like, "Your team has 20sec to collect 5 things starting with the letter S", or "Do a roleplay with a team member and order a pizza over the phone, you'll get 1-3 points"

There is indeed a way to make bomb games be more dynamic by diversifying the questions.  In fact, the first and only bomb game that I've ever made comprised of simple question/answer slides, 'memory game' questions and snatch the sentence mini games.  At the end of the day, however - editing bomb games takes too long and is far from being time efficient, unless you work in only one school and teach the same lesson to more than one class (a long, long time ago, in a province far, far away, we used to teach same lesson 6 times a week to 6 different 6th grade classes). 

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2017, 11:50:28 AM »
I have a ton of games and stuff that aren't bomb games: auctions, maze games, sentence scrambles, maze games and fun stuff I've never seen on waygook.

I just tried uploading but there's too much and the files are too large. Any advice on where I can stick all this and post descriptions? As they're not bomb games, they need a little explaining.

Here's a preview:
Hungry Monster (simple feelings game grades 1-3)
Teacher says 1 - 2 - 3 and kids chant "How are you today". The teacher answers by reading what's on the slide (in monster voice if you're cool and creating as much suspense as possible)
If the monster is hungry, the kids have to dive under the table. If they don't, and you "catch" them, their team can lose a life or a point or whatever. Equally if they hide when the monster isn't hungry, they'll lose out.
Kids love this game and always request it. I like to play it at the end of class if they've been good. Works great for big classes like yours. Also I made this when I was a powerpoint noob.

use google drive

Offline sonofthedude777

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2017, 11:57:31 AM »
Jwell, sounds really good. OP pictionary or charades.  Have students write categories what not on a folded piece of paper.  No prep or even tech required.
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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2017, 01:27:34 PM »
 I stopped playing bomb games and 80 % of my classroom management problems disappeared.

Offline oatmealkooky

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2017, 07:55:33 PM »
Bomb games are okay. I used to make a ton of them, and they look really good even now.

But as someone said, yeah -- if you've got just one school and teach the same lesson several times, go for it. Put a ton of time into some good stuff. But if you're tearing through several lessons a day, then off to a new school the next day to do totally different lessons, you're going to wear yourself down to a nub fast.

Anyway, thanks for the ideas, everyone!

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2017, 11:38:30 AM »
****EDIT I will be removing all of my materials as waygook.org wants to now charge you for something they did not create. If you would like a COPY FOR FREE, please inbox me and I would be more than happy to send you the materials. I would recommend all other users with  uploaded materials to do the same.
« Last Edit: September 12, 2017, 04:46:01 PM by Schellib39 »

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2017, 12:07:43 PM »
These are all really good ideas! I especially really love Scattergories. It's time consuming without the teacher having to do all the work, and the kids really get into it. Thanks for all the great ideas!

Something that works with younger kids (1st year middle and down) is musical chairs. i wrote a dialogue on the board, and whoever was out had to do the dialogue with me. It gets everyone moving and talking, and it can take up quite a bit of time depending on how many kids you have. I let the kids pick the song and the had a lot of fun with it. I had to make a rule that they have to keep moving or they're automatically out. This way they just don't stand at a chair until the music ends.

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2017, 06:02:56 PM »
I've used a no-tech game called Stop! (very similar to Scattergories) which my students absolutely love. And I teach some classes with dead-pan, no-fun, too-cool-for-school middle school graders.

I just posted it, if you're interested; http://www.waygook.org/index.php/topic,108610.msg723167/topicseen.html#new


I'll post the PowerPoint with the instructions here too just in case.

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2017, 12:51:29 AM »
Bomb games are fun, but they can take forever to make, and that's unpaid time.


"unpaid time"?
You've never had a real job, have you?

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2017, 03:09:18 PM »
Pictionary has been a big hit with my elementary kids.
Stop the bus is good as well. Really makes them think
Letter tiles - I put students in groups and gave each group 3 letter tiles. They then had to list as many words as possible in a given amount of time for each letter. If they're a higher level class then you could get them to only write words that use all three letters. 

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2017, 11:13:48 AM »
Dave's ESL Cafe has some great activities on it. There are literally over a hundred non-PPT game ideas.
 

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Re: No more bomb games!
« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2017, 04:32:39 PM »
Running dictation PPT animation

Credit to the original creator, I modified this PPT to save time on explaining during my LL middle school classes. Most of the time, this game is works well.

Bonus:
If a class has sound, I usually add a bit of drama by queuing this Naruto battle background music during the game.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWIL5vyA1ek

Hope it helps
« Last Edit: September 06, 2017, 05:40:22 PM by djsteenkamp »

 

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