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Teacher-Student Games: Top 10 Picks

Teachers, how can you make studies interesting for students? How can you do it in a way that sharpens their social and academic skills? How can you make them enjoy the process of learning? And why does “teacher-student games” keep coming up when you look this up?

Well, the answer is bizarrely simple. Reach out to your students by doing what they love to do, and what they do best – play games!

Engaging students in various sorts of fun activities actually helps the students grow and learn better, and at the same time, it helps build a friendly student-teacher bond and a strong class spirit. Win-win, much?

Here is a list of 10 easy and interesting classroom teacher-student games, have fun!

Snakes and Ladders: The Vocabulary Edition

This is one of our teacher-student games based on a game we all know and love – snakes and ladders! Firstly, a a group of two or more people make a checkerboard full of different words (instead of numbers). Then, the game begins by rolling the dice and playing the game like you usually do.

When a student reaches a word on the checkerboard, the player has to provide the correct definition. If they do so correctly, they can stay where the are. If they answer inaccurately, they go back to the closest position with a snake going down and they go down the snake. The person who reaches 100 first wins the game.

Grades: I to XII (depending on difficulty of the words)

Subject(s): English

Skills enhanced: Creativity, critical thinking, stock of words

Why this game?: This game helps bridge the student-teacher gap while improving their vocabulary.


This next one of our teacher-games is pretty cool too. The student uses a piece of paper and draws a 5 by 5 matrix. Next, the teacher then provides a particular genre, concept or topic. In each square, the student writes 25 keywords or words related to that concept.

Finally, each student takes turns to announce a word that they have written down. If any student has written that word down, they cross it out or circle it. Whoever crossed out or circled five rows and/or columns (diagonals are included) becomes the winner.

Grades: I to XII (depending on difficulty of the words and/or concept)

Subject(s): English, Science, Languages, Social Sciences, etc.

Skills enhanced: Spelling, analysis, memory, speed

Why this game?: it’s fun, it’s creative, and it is interactive.


For this pick of teacher-student games, the teacher divides the class into two groups A and B. A person from one group goes to the other and he/she whispers a keyword or concept to a member of the opposite team. Then the member has to draw something to a depict the word to his/her own team (beware: The depiction shouldn’t have any letters or words written).

Grades: I to XII (depending on difficulty of the words and/or concept)

Subject(s): English, Science, Languages, Social Sciences, etc.

Skills enhanced: Collaboration, communication, holistic understanding (visual and semantic)

Why this game?: This is an interesting game that induces team spirit amongst students, helping their bond to grow stronger. Plus, it reinforces concepts in their minds 🙂

Treasure Hunt with Newspaper

In this one of our teacher-student games, the teacher gives a set of words to their students. The students will circle the words that the teacher provides in the newspaper and will form a set of sentences with them. The one who finishes first and correctly will win.

Grades: I to XII (depending on difficulty of the words and/or concept)

Subject(s): English, Science, Languages, Social Sciences, etc.

Skills enhanced: improves knowledge, vocabulary, speed of thinking and the ability to work under pressure

Why this game?: It reveals to the teacher, the ability of a student to identify important pieces of information.

Sport Drama

So, how do you play this one of our teacher-student games? Hint: You’ve got to go outside first!

The teacher splits the class into groups, each consisting of about 3-5 members. Following that, you give a scenario related to sports (for example: playing gully cricket). Subsequently, they enact it in their own way.

Grades: I to XII

Subject(s): Any subject 🙂

Skills enhanced: it stimulates the creativity of a student, activity levels and eliminates shyness.

Why this game?: simply to have fun!

The Last Person Standing

 This is one of those teacher-student games that’s not exactly subject related, but is a good game to play in the beginning of the year. In this game, the teacher randomly distributes the students in an empty room. The teacher selects a particular student from the class. Subsequently, the teachers blindfolds the student and asks them t utter a random letter (A, B, C and D, referring to the four corners of the room). The group or individual standing in the corner the blinded student points to is eliminated. The game continues like this, and the last person standing is the winner.

Grades: I to XII

Subject(s): any subject

Skills enhanced: problem-solving

Why this game?: Another game that could be used as an icebreaker.


This is everyone’s favourite pick of all of our teacher-student games! This game starts off with a student saying the name of a particular city/state/town/country/continent. The next student has to name a place that starts with the last letter of the previous word. The chain goes on and on. A student is eliminated if he/she fails to answer within 10 seconds.

Grades: V to XII

Subject(s): Geography

Skills enhanced: Critical thinking and improved memory

Why this game?: It enables students to be aware of the places that they live in and around. This game can also help students build their memory.

True or False?

The teacher demarcates two spaces as ‘true’ and ‘false’, and asks a student to stand in between both the spaces. Then, the teacher asks the student a question related to the chapter taught on that day/week/month and asks the student to answer between true and false. If the student answers incorrectly, then he/she gets eliminated.

Grades: I to XII (depending on difficulty of the words and/or concept)

Subject(s): English, Science, Languages, Social Sciences, etc.

Skills enhanced: Recalling important information and retaining them in memory.

Why this game?: it is like a fun mini-test for the students. The teacher can easily make out whether the student actually focuses on what they are learning.

Mime Guess

Here, the teacher selects a student and asks them to enact a word to the rest of the class (preferably in action). Then the class would be asked to guess the word the student is enacting.

Grades: I to XII (depending on difficulty of the words and/or concept)

Subject(s): English, Science, Languages, Social Sciences, etc.

Skills enhanced: Vocabulary and problem-solving.

Why this game?: Serves as an icebreaker, and also instills creative thinking.

Game of Multiples

A teacher asks a student to kick off multiples of 6 (let’s say). After, the student begins with the first (that is 6 in this case) and the next student has to say the next multiple of 6 (That is 12). the game continues, and the student who will not be able to guess the right multiple would be eliminated.

Grades: I to XII (depending on difficulty of the numbers)

Subject(s): Math

Skills enhanced: Problem solving, memory and concentration.

Why this game?: it is a funny and playful way of remembering multiplication tables.

There you have it! We’ve presented you with our top 10 most exciting teacher-student games for the classroom. Have they tried them out? Did they work for you, not work, elicited a memorable response? Let us know in the comments below! And don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter, “The Weekly Lesson Plan” and our news update, “The Staff Room“.

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