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PowerPoint Games

The PowerPoint games I've developed here could be used in two ways. Either a zippy fun thing in the last few minutes of the lesson to test what you've studied in the lesson, or an activity which could lead to discussion of grammar/pron/vocab. It's up to you! For each activity, I would suggest you look at my example, and then try making your own with the templates provided.

One word of warning: in my experience, interactive whiteboards don't react well with animation in PowerPoint. So, I would advise using the mouse to navigate the slides rather than the whiteboard pen, unless you have super-duper whiteboard technology.

Oh, and a second word of warning: Not all computers are set up to open .pptx files happily. If you find you have problems, try downloading the zip file instead of the individual files.


Game 1: Odd One Out


One question, four answers. You could use this for multiple choice, or as an odd one out activity. Below is an example game for pronunciation, and the basic template.

Odd One Out pronunciation example
Odd One Out Template
Odd One Out Zip folder


Game 2: Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Again, one question, four answers, but this one is based on the famous game show. The "lifelines" can't be put into the PowerPoint itself, but you can take out two answers yourself (50-50), let the class vote (ask the audience), and improvise for phone-a-friend. Use the template below to make your own.

Millionaire example (verb collocations)
Millionaire PowerPoint Template
Millionaire in a Zip folder

Game 3: Treasure Hunts

These requires no computer preparation, but you will need a handout with questions. Teams discuss the questions together, and then you ask them to choose a question to answer.

If they are right, they can click a shape to reveal what is behind it. They get a point if it is the treasure. (in the picture here, Easter eggs).

Easter Egg PowerPoint game or alternatively Easter egg game in a Zip folder
Christmas Advent Calendar game or alternatively Christmas in a Zip folder
Haunted House PowerPoint game or alternatively Haunted House in a Zip folder
Pirate Treasure Hunt or alternatively Pirate Treasure Hunt in a Zip folder

Anagrams

Not exactly a game, but type your anagram into the anagram box, type your answer into the answer box, then drag one over the other. Copy and paste the slides to add more anagrams.

Anagrams PowerPoint


If you want to know how to make your own, have a look at my instructions video which will show you how to make a simple PowerPoint treasure hunt game. A second tutorial shows you how to add sound to PowerPoint slides. And here's another one to show you how to make a PowerPoint multiple choice quiz.

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