Over the years, I have also come up with my own games or strategies that I have adapted from television shows. Here are some of my favorite strategies to keep learning fun;
1. The homework game- near the end of class I would ask for 5 volunteers to play a contest. The contests would vary depending on the day: rock-paper-scissors, shoot the ball of paper into the garbage can, bowling, name that tune, etc. If the student beat me at the contest, I would take one question off their homework assignment.
2. The Mystery Bag- I used this strategy at the start of class, as a set induction technique. In an old pillow case, students would have to stick their hand into the pillow case and try and guess the item without looking. If they were correct I would bring the item out of the bag. Items in the bag would be related to the topic of lesson. Once all items were identified, we would discuss how these items were related to the lesson.
3. Jeopardy Auction Game-before a major quiz or test, we would play an electronic game of jeopardy (see this site to build your game). Students can earn monopoly money for each correct answer. Then, close to the end of class, I would have small prizes that could be purchased with then fake money they won during the game.