Sunken Treasure & Other No Prep Games For Any Grade/Subject

Playing games in class are FUN and ENGAGING. It can be tough to make fun/engaging activities all the time because of the amount of prep work and planning it can take, not to mention the time it takes to brainstorm activities!  One area I struggle to make fun and engaging are going over practice tests during class. Mainly because the easiest way to make sure every student sees/hears every type of problem is for me to stand at the front of the room and work out each problem and for them to check their work. It’s nice to have students work them out and explain their answers to the class, but my OCD self has trouble letting go sometimes!

So, today I really made an effort to get best of both worlds because my students have a test tomorrow and I want them to be 100% prepared for it! To help prepare, we played a game:
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It’s called Sunken Treasure and I found it on The Computer Lab Teacher’s site. There are several other pretty awesome games on that site as well.  My students love using the large dry erase boards. It gives them plenty of room for each person to work their part out and it’s just different!   The game is pretty simple, but instructions are included:

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My classes are already divided into groups, so that saved some time. There are several different versions of the board, that way you can play multiple times and the students won’t remember where the treasure is at:
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I had my students use the large dry erase boards to put questions/answers. I let every group answer each time. Every group that got a question correct, got to reveal a number to try to find the treasure:
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See the treasure in the middle of the ocean:
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They had fun + I had fun = success.  Of course there were several students who did not do the homework, therefore had a tough time participating. So I gave them a few minutes to work some problems before we got started with the game and also reminded them to use their time wisely by continuing working on the problems as other groups are guessing where the treasure is located.

I’ve used other games similar to this one (racing, horses, boats, etc…) but haven’t used one of these games in a while. I was reminded of how awesome it is to have a game that does not require any planning ahead of time! :) It was a huge time saver for sure.Signature

6 thoughts on “Sunken Treasure & Other No Prep Games For Any Grade/Subject

  1. I’m going to have to look into this game! It looks like it would be something fun and different to try with my kids. This year, my students are obsessed with the Zombie Game. That’s ALL they want to play. Almost every Friday, they want to know, “It’s Friday, are we playing the zombie game?” I’m ready to try something new, though. Thanks for sharing!

      • Well, it started out with a different title, but it has evolved into just being called the Zombie Game. My students are obsessed with it, and they don’t want to play anything else.

        Here’s how it goes. Decide how many lives you want each student to have. The more lives students have, the longer the game will last. Each student writes their name on the board (one life) and puts X’s for any additional lives you have granted them. For example, we usually play with each student having four lives. So, students write their name plus three X’s on the board below their name.

        I put a problem up on the Smart Board for students to solve. Each student solves the problem independently on their mini dry erase boards. You could set a timer for this, or just say stop when you think students have had an ample amount of time to solve the problem. When you say stop, students have to hold up their answers to be checked. If a student answers correctly, they now have the right to take away one of their classmate’s lives. I go over the correct answer/procedure and then give the students who answered correctly a few seconds to erase an X under someone’s name.

        A person becomes a zombie after the X’s beneath their name and their name have been erased. They still solve the problems. And, they can erase X’s from other players. But, they cannot win the game. The game is over when only one person remains “alive.” My students get very competitive. They start to form alliances, and they are always anxious to get to the next problem.

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