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Row and Column Game Variation

Author = Monika Nowaczyk
Level = Junior High
Target_English = review of anything
big_small = Big groups


This is a really simple variation on the classic row and column game (or criss cross) that almost everyone knows and has used at least once.  It is also a good, quick, practical review of forward, back, left and right.

Instead of asking only one row or one column to stand up, ask everyone in the class to stand up.  Ask any question (reviewing old material, practising new material, anything goes).  The first person to correctly answer can sit down and is given the option to choose "left," "right," "forward," or "back."  The students sitting in that direction can also sit down.  (ie.  If the student who correctly answers says "forward" all the students to the front of him/her can sit down as well).  Continue until there is no one standing. 

Most of my classes love this game and a few of them will actually say "left" when there is no one to the left of them just for a laugh.  Occasionally you get the "de-genkinated" class where only the person in the front of the row answers and always says "back", thereby ending the game in six turns, but that is rare. 


Monika Nowaczyk






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