Playing games in the classroom is an excellent way to increase engagement and motivate students to retain information. Prizes aren’t always necessary, and games also help to build relationships between students, which is a win for everyone involved. Check out these real teacher tips for playing classroom games that students love.
Classroom Game Suggestions from Real Teachers
Sometimes, even just watching students play a game is a great time. But there are more benefits to playing games in class than simply enjoying a laugh. See what these teachers had to say when we asked them why they love classroom games.
Why Play Classroom Games?
Classroom games are not only fun for students, but allow teachers like the ones who left us these comments to incorporate review and learning into one activity students will love to participate in.
“They are great for my K-1st graders with Autism. Works on turn taking skills, maintaining attention, handling a loss without melting down, etc.” – Jessica D.
“I work at a STEM/STEAM school and games are a perfect opportunity to integrate it all into my lessons. “ – Allison B.
“Silent Speedball, Games using Kahoot. Would love to look at some these games for cross curricular opportunities in PE.” – Ross K.
“They all help the children. A game helps the children to learn while playing the “game” They don’t realize they are learning.” – Judy T.
Which Subjects Do You Use Games For?
Games don’t have to be tied to a specific subject to be excellent learning opportunities, and many teachers are using them to bridge the gap between subjects. Whether through STEAM learning or just including problem solving skills in classroom games, students are sure to benefit from a challenging and fun experience. See how these teachers use games in their classrooms:
“My favorite classroom game is called “Scoot!” I put task cards throughout my room and have the students walk around the room and solve the math problems. I play music during this time and the students love it.” – Heather C.
“My students love math jeopardy and a game I recently found called SMATH. It is like scrabble but with math equations. They love it!! We also love to play equation battleship!” – Stacey S.
“Hangman, it always helps with spelling and vocabulary.” – Lisa B.
“My kids love under over where they have to alternate passing an item under or over their bodies. So great for coordination, pattern recognition and focus!” – Shira M.