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Classroom game: dominoes

While teaching yesterday, I came up with an idea for a game. I warned the students that, since I had literally just come up with it, it might be a complete flop. However, I took a vote at the end of the lesson and my students all agreed that this was a game worth sharing with others.

How to play Dominoes:

  1. Students choose two words from a set list. (My students chose adjectives to describe themselves, but you could use just about anything, from maths problems to historically significant events!)
  2. Students have to move around the room looking for people who match one of their words. When they find someone, they link arms. Each person then needs to find someone who matches their second word.


Greg’s two words are short and loud.





Greg asks people in the class if they have chosen the words “short” or “loud”. Greg finds out that Blake has “short” as one of his words, so they link arms.






Now, Greg has to find someone with the word “loud” while Blake has to find someone with the word “happy”.





When one group has formed a chain of 5 or more people, tell the class that they have 1 minute left. The group with the longest chain wins.

Bonus challenge:

As a class, try to create the largest circle possible by having two end people link arms.

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