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I use this game on the last day of the semester when I don't want to have
artworks in progress and I call it Quick Draw for lack of a better name.
I have in mind a list of related things (usually seasonal - Christmas,
winter or summer or vacation, etc.) sometime written down ahead of time - or
Every student uses a whiteboard slate and erasable marker (or could use
chalkboard and chalk) to draw a picture of the clue word in 30 seconds. One
students is sent out of the room and they will guess the word from the
pictures drawn. If they guess right, that student picks the next person to
go out of the room, but if they guess wrong, I get to pick the next person.
Usually we can do 15 or so drawings and there are no points to keep track of
and no winners or losers. Kindergarterns have a more difficult time, but if
you increase the 30 seconds to a minute or more, it is okay but there will
be more wrong guesses.
Losing a turn comes if you write words on the slate or shout or mouth the
My kids like it and it does get them to draw somethings they might not
A "Game" similar to Michelle's is to give each person an 8X10 page of 2"
circles (could be various sizes). The rule is to use as many circles as you
can for a part of as many objects that you think no one else will think of.
Then you give obvious examples, such as a CD or record or and apple or
orange. You then ask for questions and before you give the GO signal you
tell that all examples - CD, apples are not usable! You might even throw in
an additional example such as the globe or auto tire so that they insist you
"stop taking all the good ones". Allow as much time as you like. At the
stopping point, each person gives one idea they feel no one else has, but if
anyone else does, they have to X out that idea. The winner is the one with
more original ideas for using a circle. I suppose you could use other
shapes for more games. Be prepared, this might take some time to go through
all the ideas.
>Another game I learned in a workshop was to get kids into large groups of
>6-8 or so. Give them a topic to list as many things as they can think of
>(women artists, Renaissance artists, states, kinds of dogs, whatever).
>group quietly brainstorms with their group and writes these answers down in
>maybe 3-4 minutes. If you hear an answer from another group you can write
>that down. Then, we take turns sharing each answer. If you say an answer
>that's already been said you lose 10 points and you get 5 points for every
>answer that hasn't been said. It works and they are really quiet.
>Michelle H. Harrell
I hope you can use these ideas,