Based on the classic TV game show, this game will require your pupils to put their thinking caps on.
Divide the whiteboard into columns for vocabulary categories and rows with different point values. Like this:
|25 Points||25 Points||25 Points||25 Points||25 Points|
|50 Points||50 Points||50 Points||50 Points||50 Points|
|100 Points||100 Points||100 Points||100 Points||100 Points|
Divide your students into two teams.
Each team chooses a category and the points they want to play for: We choose Countries for 25 points.
Supply a clue or definition: This country is south of the US, and they eat tacos there.
They must guess the right country in the form of a question: What is Mexico? If they answer correctly, you erase the points from the chart and add them to the team’s tally until they’re all wiped off
Adapt this game to any level of difficulty and include as many categories you wish.
Suction Cup Ball
Buy one (or several!) inexpensive suction cup balls, and your whiteboard games will never be the same!
These balls are made up of several tiny suction cups that stick to whiteboards. There are many games you can play – as many as your imagination will allow- but here are two:
- Draw a target with concentric circles on the whiteboard, each with a different point value. Quiz pupils and if they give you the right answer they get to throw the ball for points.
- Fill your whiteboard with letters or syllables and each pupil must supply a word that starts with the letter or syllable they hit.
This is a classic and one that may easily be adapted to any level.
Split pupils into two teams and let them take turns drawing words, actions, or situations that they have drawn from a pile of cards
Teammates guess what is being drawn.
A classic game where pupils must guess a word, or the modern version where they must guess entire phrases, expressions, movie or book titles.
Tic Tac Toe
Make this game as challenging as you like.
Say you want your pupils to practice the simple past tense.
Draw a 3 by 3 grid on the whiteboard.
Write a sentence in each square, with a gap where the verb should go.
Write a list of 10 verbs on the side (one of them will not be used).
Pupils must supply the right form of the verb to complete the sentence till one of the teams gets a Tic Tac Toe. Try it with any gap-filling exercise!
Place one pupil in the hot seat, in front of the whiteboard, with his or her back to it.
You and another pupil stand behind the pupil in the hot seat.
Write a word, movie, or book that the pupil must describe for the other to guess.
The goal is for pupils to identify a barnyard animal from the sound it makes.
Depending on your pupil’s level, you can either draw the pictures of animals on the board or write the words for each.
Give each team a different colour marker and have them line up.
Make the sound yourself, i.e. crow like a rooster, or have a CD ready with animal sounds.
As they hear each sound, pupils race to the board and circle the right word or picture.
You can adapt this game to all types of sounds, like a phone ringing, a car honking a horn, or someone sneezing. You may also record expressions or phrases that they should circle on the board, like “Thanks!” and “You’re welcome”.
This game is like the race mentioned above but in this case pupils race to the board to write a letter, a word, or a complete answer to a question.
You can have each pupil write the complete answer or play it like a relay race where each pupil in the team only writes one word, then races to pass the marker to a teammate who must write the next one, and so on.
Backs to the Board
Great for practicing numbers, especially those tricky ones like 16 and 60, 13 and 30.
Write several numbers on the board.
Give each team a different colour marker.
Have pupils stand with their backs to board.
Call out a number.
Pupils turn, try to find the number and circle it.
At the end of the game, tally up the scores by counting the different colour circles.