While some of the classroom games listed here are for certain ages or grade levels, clever educators may find ways to provide adaptions so that these games can be enjoyed at all of the grade levels. One idea is to pair students with classroom buddies in a grade above or below them. By encouraging cooperation, children of all ages can join in the fun!
Classroom games are also a great way to involve parents, grandparents, support staff and building specialists in the learning. Consider running a game as a small-group activity led by a volunteer. Or, create versions which can be sent home for students and parents to work on playing together.
Consider this equation: 1 great game + 1 classroom of kids = lots of learning and fun! That's because math and classroom games go hand-in-hand. Games provide the opportunity to utilize counting skills, weigh percentages, learn math facts, calculate the odds, compare fractions and practice a host of other mathematical concepts. Many of the games offered in this section may be easily adapted for use with children at varying levels of skill and ability. There are even suggested games for those educators working with special education students in and out of the classroom.
- Kindergarten Math Games
- 2nd Grade Math Games Using the SMART Board
- Ideas for 3rd Grade Math Center Games
- Fact in My Pocket Game: Memorizing Math Facts
- Geometry Games
- Math Card Games for Special Education Learners
- Interactive Whiteboard Games for Math
- The Game of Salute: Reviewing Math Facts
Language Arts Games
Like math, the subjects covered in a language arts class often include skills that require memorization. For this reason, the rules for grammar, punctuation and spelling are easily incorporated into game formats. Try playing games as a means of introducing a concept, in addition to the more gneral use of test preparation or review. Here are several ideas to get you started.
- Games for Teaching Vowels
- Games to Teach the Parts of Speech
- Liven Up Your Lessons With Verb Games
- Games for Teaching Adjectives
- Help Your Students Learn Nouns With These 4 Games
- Adverb Games: Ideas You Can Use
- Spelling Games That Teach
- Fun Grammar Games
- Using Boggle in the Classroom
- Classroom Games for ESL Students
- Language Arts Game: Writing Descriptive Sentences
Games for the Holidays
Whether you are planning a classroom party, or just looking for fun activities to keep active minds and bodies engaged, games with a holiday theme are always well received! Here, we have compiled a variety of games, covering most of the major holidays celebrated in the United States and beyond.
- Holiday Party Game Ideas for Kids
- Halloween Games for the Classroom
- Thanksgiving Games to Play in the Classroom
- Playing the Dreidel Game for Hanukkah
- Top 5 Classroom Games for Christmas
- Valentine's Day Party Games for Preschool Classrooms and Older
- 4th of July Games
Foreign language learning is another subject which can benefit from learning support using games. Take a break from practice drills and conjugations to have a little fun!
- Games to Make Spanish Class Fun
- High School Spanish Games
- Quiet Games for French Class
- Games to Make Learning French Fun
- A Word Game to Reinforce Latin Vocabulary
- Creating a Board Game Using Greek and Latin Roots
- Games for Kids in German
To extend the learning, challenge your students to create a game of their own. Ideas for games might include chapter vocabulary, or a specific word tense.
Games for Older Students
Think your middle school or high school students are too old for games? There are actually lots of ways teachers can use games for their older students to help teach or review material. These games may also be modified to suit younger games. Try one out today!
- Great Ice-Breaker Game for the Beginning of the Year: Famous Pairs
- Back to School Art Games for High Schoolers
- The Context Clues Challenge: Upper Grade English Class Game
- Fun Classroom Math Games for Middle School
- Play Math Basketball: Great Game for Grades 6-8
- Fun Games to Play in Chemistry Class
- Two Online Math Games for 7th Graders
Even More Learning Fun
Looking for more ideas to make learning fun in the classroom? The games included in this section incorporate the arts, history, and science, along with classroom games which can be adapted for more general learning and review.
Art & Music
- Drama Games for the Classroom
- Online Music Games for Elementary Students
- Getting to Know You Musical Activities
Social Studies & Review Games:
- History Review Games
- Family Feud for the Classroom
- Memory: Playing Games to Help Your Students Review
- Fun Learning Games for the K-5 Classroom
Even More Teacher Resources:
- Classroom Simulation Games
- Interactive Whiteboard Games
- SMART Board Ideas for Special Education Teachers
- Educational Games for the Classroom From Education City
- Review of Time4Learning for Preschool Students
This is just a sampling of what Bright Hub Education has to offer when it comes to classroom games for the school year. Even more can be found using our internal search mechanism. Need ideas for a specific lesson you are teaching, or have a favorite classroom game that is not mentioned here? If so, then we would love to hear from you! Be sure to visit the comments section below.
- The articles for this guide were selected for use based on the author's extensive experience as a classroom teacher.