Show & Tell: 4 Ways to Harness Holiday Hubbub!

The last week before the long Winter Break is enough to make any student excited but then add in all the treats of the season and you have holiday hubbub!
So here are my top 4 ways to have fun and still learn during this time of year!


Play SCATTER with Task Cards to use physical movement to help your students learn!

I tape task cards around the room and have students wander around to write the answers down on their papers. The movement helped them continue to learn through their excitement!  


Play ZAP with your students to review key concepts and have fun at the same time!

This is a fun team game where students must choose a question strip from the cup/can and answer correctly to keep the question strip.  They have to choose carefully, though, if they choose a ZAP instead of a question, they lose all their question strips.  The team with the most question strips wins!


SCOOT is another fun way to use task cards and physical movement in the classroom!

Tape task cards to the desks.  Give students one minute to write their answer, then call "SCOOT!".  All the students then move one seat to their right.  Continue the pattern until students have returned to their seats.  Finally, have students put a star next to their 3 (or whatever number you prefer) best answers, then just grade those!


I love playing Quiz Show with my students on Kahoot or with questions they made just using my white board!

I love playing Quiz Show with my students on Kahoot or with questions they made just using my white board!

You can play like the popular T.V. Show "Jeopardy" but with teams to ensure the entire class is engaged.  Kahoot is a great way to do this and allow students to use their beloved devices.  Accounts are free and easy to use!  

Or, if you're in a time crunch, just put up numbers on your white board and ask each student to write a question.  Write the point values on the back, have students form teams and you're ready to play!

Ready to give some of these game a try but are short on time?  
No worries!
I have some below that are ready to use!

FREE ZAP GAME to review the play version of  "A Christmas Carol"

Play Scoot, Scatter, ZAP, and Quiz Show with your favorite novels!

Click on either image above to get started!

Then be sure to get some more "Show and Tell" by visiting Stephanie at Forever in Fifth Grade!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. My kiddos LOVE their task card games, too! I can barely keep up with three ELA classes and new games this year! 'Tis fun for the teacher as well as the kiddos.

    Merry Christmas! Enjoy your well-deserved time away from class!

  2. Your games sound Like LOTS of fun!

  3. Great ideas for keeping kids engaged during the tough weeks! Thanks for linking up!

    Forever in Fifth Grade


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