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Level Up Student Engagement With Google Classroom Games

Are you ready to transform your classroom into an interactive hub of learning excitement? Look no further than my Google Classroom Games! As a third-grade teacher with a passion for innovation, I’ve discovered the power of integrating technology into my lesson plans, and Google Classroom Games have become an invaluable tool in my teaching arsenal.

Today, I’m thrilled to share with you the benefits of using Google Games in the classroom and how they can revolutionize the way you engage and educate your students.

Benefits of using games in the classroom

  1. Self-Checking Simplicity: One of the greatest perks of incorporating Google Games into your lessons is the ease of self-checking. Gone are the days of tedious grading; with Google Games, students receive instant feedback on their progress. This immediate reinforcement not only fosters a sense of independence but also allows for quick identification of areas needing improvement.
  2. Engagement Amplified: Let’s face it – traditional worksheets can sometimes fall flat when it comes to capturing students’ attention. Google Games, on the other hand, offer an interactive and immersive learning experience that keeps young minds captivated. Whether it’s solving math problems, practicing spelling, or exploring historical events through interactive quizzes, Google Games turn mundane tasks into exciting adventures.
  3. Healthy Competition: Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? Google Games introduce an element of fun rivalry into the classroom dynamic. From leaderboard rankings to timed challenges, students are motivated to put their best foot forward and strive for excellence. This healthy dose of competition not only enhances engagement but also encourages teamwork and perseverance.
  4. Time-Saving Brilliance: As educators, time is one of our most precious resources. With Google Games, you can bid farewell to hours spent grading endless stacks of papers. By automating the assessment process, you’ll have more time to focus on what truly matters – fostering meaningful connections with your students and refining your teaching strategies.
  5. Enhanced Teaching Time: By Using Google Classroom Games, you gain the invaluable advantage of having more time to teach. While students are engrossed in these interactive activities, you can seamlessly pull individuals or small groups aside for personalized instruction or reteaching sessions. This flexibility empowers you to cater to the diverse needs of every student in your classroom, ensuring that no one is left behind.

So, How Do I start with Google Classroom Games?

Now, you might be wondering where to begin on your Google Games journey. Fear not! Google offers a plethora of educational games and activities through platforms like Google Classroom, Google Forms, and Google Slides. Additionally, there are countless resources available online, including ready-made templates and tutorials, to help you get started.

Check out my free resource that you can use to try out Google Slides.

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8 Ready to Play Google Games

As a teacher who has witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of Google Games in the classroom, I wholeheartedly encourage you to embrace this innovative approach to teaching. Your students will thank you for it – and who knows, you might just discover a newfound passion for gamified learning along the way!

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Magic Word Search:

  • In the self-checking activity, Magic Word Search, students collect one word from the word bank each time they correctly answer a question.  While answering, the letters in the word search puzzle dance around randomly until the last question is correctly answered.  The students continue to answer questions until they have correctly completed the assignment.  Following the assignment, students are rewarded with a mini brain-break in the form of a fun word search puzzle.
  • The students answer the questions in any order they prefer.  After solving the question on a whiteboard, scratch paper, or the provided workspace, students type their final answer into the appropriate cell.  If correct, the students receive immediate feedback by revealing one of the mystery words next to their answer.
  • In contrast, when students answer incorrectly, their answer turns red to let them know they should go back and revise their answer or seek help from their instructor.
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Crazy Creatures:

  • In this self-checking activity, students answer questions as they receive instant feedback.  But wait, there’s more!  Not only do students get immediate feedback along with an image to increase student engagement, but they also get to customize that image.  In Crazy Creatures, after correct responses, students are able to customize the image to create a crazy creature by swapping out the head, body and legs.  What crazy creatures will your students create as they collect new characters for correct response?
  • After solving the question on a whiteboard, scratch paper, or the provided workspace, students type their final answer into the appropriate cell.  If correct, the student receives immediate feedback as they unlock characters.
  • In contrast, when students answer incorrectly, their answer turns red to let them know they should go back and revise their answer or seek help from the instructor.
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Little Lucky Lottery:

  • You can post the link in Google Classroom or send the link to their student emails to make it easy for them to click. 
  • In the self-checking activity, Little Lucky Lottery, students answer questions in order to scratch off their digital lottery ticket.  As students correctly answer questions, more of the scratch-off card is revealed.  After correctly answering all the questions, students check over their card to see if it is a winner. The students continue to answer questions until they have scratched off the entire card.  Who will have the lucky lottery card(s)?
  • In theory, there is a 5% to 20% chance of each student winning; however, this amount is subject to random selection and the actual data may not match the theoretical probability.  Winning cards are not guaranteed until all questions are answered correctly.  Just for fun, it is suggested the instructor provide a small prize to any student who reveals a winning card.
  • The students answer the questions in any order they prefer.  After solving the question on a whiteboard, scratch paper, or the provided workspace, students type their final answer into the appropriate cell.  If correct, the students receive immediate feedback by revealing part of the lottery ticket and the appearance of a lucky horseshoe next to their answer.
  • In contrast, when students answer incorrectly, their answer turns red to let them know they should go back and revise their answer or seek help from their instructor.
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Win-A-Lotto:

  • In this self-checking activity, students answer questions as they receive instant feedback.  In the game “Win-A-Lotto” students compete with each other as they test their luck along with their content skills.  Each correct response is rewarded with a random three digit number.  Each student’s ticket generates numbers at random and three random winning numbers are drawn with the last three correct responses.  It is recommended to provide a small prize to any students with a winning “ticket”. 
  • Students will choose a question from the drop down menu. After reading the question, students will choose their answer from the answer drop down menu, and then the student receives immediate feedback.
  • In contrast, when students answer incorrectly, their answer turns red to let them know they should go back and revise their answer or seek help from the instructor. The random numbers are not generated for incorrect responses.
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Deal Me In:

  • In this self-checking activity, students answer questions as they receive instant feedback.  In the game “Deal Me In” students compete with each other as they test their luck along with their content skills.  Each correct response is rewarded with a random card from a standard fifty-four card deck (includes Jokers).  Each card is worth a set number of points based on it’s value.  The student with the most points at the end wins.  Students can compete in small groups, pairs, or as a whole class. 
  • Students type their answer into the appropriate cell.  If correct, the student receives immediate feedback.
  • In contrast, when students answer incorrectly, their answer turns red to let them know they should go back and revise their answer or seek help from the instructor.  No cards are awarded for incorrect responses.
  • Have students scroll to the right to see the word bank. 
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Shoe Shop:

  • In this self-checking activity, students answer questions as they receive instant feedback.  But wait, there’s more!  Not only do students get immediate feedback along with an image to increase student engagement, but they also get to customize that image.  In Shoe Shop, after correct responses, students are able to customize the color, shoe type, logo, and height of the shoe.  Let’s see which students have the best shoe game.
  • After solving the question on a whiteboard, scratch paper, or the provided workspace, students type their final answer into the appropriate cell.  If correct, the student receives immediate feedback as they unlock various features to design their shoe.
  • In contrast, when students answer incorrectly, their answer turns red to let them know they should go back and revise their answer or seek help from the instructor.
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In conclusion, whether you’re looking to streamline your grading process, reignite student engagement, or simply inject a little excitement into your lessons, Google Games are the answer. So why wait? Level up your teaching game today with Google Games!

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