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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: People Bingo
Prerequisites:
Teacher (before making up the Bingo card) must know a little something about the students, school, community and interests. I sometimes relate it to a unit we have learned (e.g., fitness). Students should understand the game of Bingo.
Purpose of Activity:
To allow students to get to know one another. This could be "introductory" activity for beginning of the year, a rainy day, when new students are in the class.
Suggested Grade Level:
3-5
Materials Needed:
5 (self made) different Bingo Cards (duplicated for the students); Pencils and something to give as prizes;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Pass the cards out randomly and give each student a pencil. Explain to the students that they are only preparing the card for the Bingo game you are going to play. The students will move around the room asking classmates questions that are on the card. Some possible questions are:

Do you ride a bus to school?
Do you take karate?
Can you name 2 items on the fitness test?
Do you have 2 brothers? Three sisters?

These are just a few examples of questions that get the students talking and finding out "things" about their classmates. I live in Orlando, therefore I always include questions about Disney (e.g., Have you been? Can you name the 7 Dwarfs?). Just use your imagination and the students will have a great time!

When you find somebody that "answers a question in your card, ask them to write their name in that square. A student can only sign your card one time. Encourage students to try and answer all questions on their card thus increasing their chances to get Bingo! When time is up, teachers draw questions out of a box and if you have that square on your card and have a name in it, then you put an "X" across it. If you get 5 "x,s" across, up & down, or diagonally you call out Bingo!

To add a little fun, when students get Bingo and bring their card to me, I challenge the students whose names are written in the squares to demonstrate what they said they could do (e.g., name the 7 dwarfs; or whistle; or do 10 jumping jacks. This keeps the students honest and adds a little more fun to the activity. I also do this on rainy days or cold days when we cannot go out for class. The students love this and ask to do it over and over!

Teaching Suggestions:

On each card you can use the same 25 questions just place in different squares or you can add a few different ones so that everybody does not call Bingo at once!

You must stress to students that they do not get Bingo by filling in 5 blocks on their card. They have to wait until the Teacher starts calling out the squares.


Assessment Ideas:

As a follow up activity, I sometimes ask the students to find somebody in class that rides a bus, or walks to school, or takes karate. This demonstrates what they learned about their classmates and helps all the students get to know each other.
Author:
Carol Fields who teaches at Lake Gem Elementary in Orlando, FL. Posted on PEC: 2/18/2002.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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