One of the challenges that teachers often face is preparing fun and engaging games and activities for their students. With more and more schools transitioning to virtual classrooms, coming up with game ideas has become much more difficult.
The traditional classroom games that teachers are used to playing in class may not be possible while teaching online in a virtual classroom. So, we have put together a list of virtual classroom games and activities to help you out.
All of these games and activities can be played while teaching students online in a virtual classroom, and any materials we mention below can be downloaded and used in your virtual classrooms for free.
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Virtual Classroom Games
1. Quiz Games
Quiz games are a perfect activity for virtual classrooms. All students need is a pen and paper to write down their answers.
There are many types of quiz, but one quiz game which kids and teenagers really enjoy is the ‘top five’ quiz.
In a ‘Top 5’ quiz, each question has multiple possible answers. For example, ‘Name a zoo animal.’. Then, students must write down one answer. Next, ask the students to show their answer using their webcam to the other students in the virtual classroom.
Once everyone has shown their answer, the teacher can reveal the ‘Top Five’ answers. If a student’s answer is the same as one of the ‘top five’ answers, then they get points. If they have an answer which is not in the top five, then they don’t get any points.
Students really enjoy this game, especially when they get the number 1 answer. You can download an example quiz, and an editable quiz template to add your own questions, here.
2. Liar Game
This next virtual classroom game is great as an ice breaker and/or for getting to know your students.
To play, first choose a question to ask all the students. For example, if you’re meeting the students after the long summer break, you might ask them “What did you do during the summer vacation?”
Next, instruct the students that when they answer they can choose to tell something true or they can lie and make up a story. Give the students some time, say 5 minutes, to come up with their story.
When the students are ready, have each student tell their story. After each story, ask each student in the virtual classroom whether they think it is true or a lie.
This activity is a lot of fun and can lead to some hilarious stories. Students especially enjoy it when they are able to make their classmates believe their crazy stories.
3. Word Association Games
Word association games can be easily played in a virtual classroom and they require little to no preparation.
If you’re not familiar with word association games, they are simple games in which the teacher would choose a word and then ask students to say the first related word that comes to mind.
A great way to play this in a virtual classroom is to give students a particular topic, for example ‘animals’, and then ask students one by one to name something from that topic. If first student who can’t think of a word, or says a word which was mentioned previously, must do a forfeit. The forfeit could be that the student has to pull a silly face, do a silly dance, or they just lose a point.
For some other word association game ideas, check out our other post, Five Fun Word Association Games.
4. Describe And Draw
For this next virtual classroom game, each student needs a pencil and paper to draw on. This activity is a great way practice listening skills.
First, the teacher should find something they want the students to draw and place it off-screen where students cannot see it. Next, the teacher should start describing the object and the students should listen and draw what they think the object looks like.
Once the teacher has finished describing the object and the students have finished drawing, ask the students to show their drawings with the other members of the virtual classroom. Next, show the students the object that you were describing and see whose drawing resembles it the most.
After playing one time you can also let a student be the one who chooses an object and describes it.
This game is a lot of fun, and kids especially find it funny when they see all the different drawings from their classmates.
5. Online Activity Videos
In your virtual classroom, if you are able to share your screen, then our collection of activity videos can be used when you want a fun, no-prep, ready to use game.
On our activity videos page, we have over 60 ready to use games on many different topics. All are free and be shown in your virtual classroom from this website or from our YouTube channel.
Thanks for reading. I hope you found this list of virtual classroom games and activities useful.
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