No separate online/Zoom version - use game as is for online classes

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Game Features

  • 11 rounds of increasing difficulty

  • 4 game variations: read the words + write a sentence, read the words + read a sentence, read the words + say a sentence, and read the words + guess the answer – templates for each included in the PowerPoint

  • Option to include an additional listening component (see “Variations” below for details)

  • Writing and score sheets included in the game file

  • Included instruction document detailing how to make the game easier or harder for students if needed

How to Play

  • Students play individually.

  • First, you will show them a word. They will count how many of that word fly across the screen on the next slide.

  • However, they have to read carefully! There will also be “wrong words” meant to distract them and throw off their counting.

  • Once all words have finished flying, on the next slide they will choose their answer of how many they counted (see the Variations notes below for details of different ways they can do this).

  • If they’re right, they get the same amount of points as the correct answer. So, if the correct answer is 7 and they choose that answer, they get 7 points.

  • The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner!

  • Further instructions on how to play and edit the game can be found in the notes section of each slide.


  • For the reading + write-a-sentence variation, on the answer slide students will have three numbers to choose from. Whichever one they think is correct, they will write the sentence next to it on the game’s provided writing worksheet.

  • For the reading + read-a-sentence variation, on the answer slide students will have three numbers to choose from (same as the writing slide). Whichever one they think is correct, they will read the sentence next to it. To do this, I usually announce each number one by one. When I announce a number, I have the students who think that number is correct stand up and read the sentence next to it together. I do this for all three numbers.

  • For the reading + say-a-sentence variation, it’s done exactly like the read-a-sentence variation above except instead of reading, students say a sentence based on the picture above their answer (different slide template provided).

  • For the reading + guess the answer variation, answer options will not be provided. They will simply write their guess down on the game’s provided guessing worksheet (this worksheet can be used for the reading and speaking variations as well). After that, I usually call on some volunteers to say their guess before revealing the answer.

  • If you want to add a listening component to this game, instead of showing the word students should be reading ("Your word is..." slide), tell them the word instead.


(based on experiences from me and other teachers)

  • Time: 40min; Students: 12; Skill Focus: Speaking; Finished: Yes (Played w/ mixed leveled 1st graders in middle school. Helped with their reading/spelling skills and speaking too since I had them read the sentence with their selected number. Focus was on mixed vocabulary words.)

  • Time: 10min; Students: 20; Skill Focus: Reading; Finished: Yes (Played with 4th graders - adjusted the slides so there were only five rounds. In the first two rounds the bugs flew slower than the last three, and there were less 'correct' words (less to count). This is because it was an introduction to new vocabulary, so needed to make it slightly easier.)

  • Time: 40min; Students: 21; Skill Focus: Reading; Finished: Yes (played with first years in Senior High School, they focused on the words then wrote down the number they remembered)

  • Time: 20min; Students: 22; Skill Focus: Writing; Finished: Yes

  • Time: 20min; Students: 22; Skill Focus: Writing; Finished: Yes

  • Time: ~25min; Students: 26; Skill Focus: Writing; Finished: No, had 2 or 3 rounds left

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