These are the Drama Games that I’ve been playing with my students these last few months. I like to try to get different games going and try out new ones. Not all of them work with every group and not all them are appropriate to different situations and scenarios. Like all Drama games, you select them based on who you are working with and what you are going to be doing with them in the lesson.
Like all Drama games, I didn’t make any of these up, but a lot of the time I don’t know who did. They come to me from different sources, from students, from other teachers or from the internet. Where I know the source I have indicated it.
Human Naughts and Crosses.
So this is one that I have taken from the internet and it comes from the
Youth Ministry Great Games, which is a YouTube channel from America. It is a great game and I played it with both GCSE students and my Drama Club group. It is a good starter to get students thinking quickly, reacting quickly and working together in a competitive environment. I won’t explain it any further as I’ll leave it to their fantastic and enthusiastic group leader, Ben Richter, to explain.
This is proving to be popular with my current GCSE group and it is ever evolving at the moment. It started on with a simple idea brought to me by a student, which was to improvise a scene, from start to end, with each new line starting with the next letter of the alphabet. For example;
- Student 1: Are you going to eat that?
- Student 2: Banana Cake? No, I hate cake.
- Student 1: Cake? How on earth can anyone not like cake?
- Student 2: Don’t like the stuff. Never did.
We’ve varied the rules as time has moved on. We have said that un-word sounds, like “errr” can’t be used. We’ve also tried it with groups of 3 and 4. We’ve expanded the scenes to include a setting, character motivations and a final ending point in the plot.
All of these work and create fantastic, funny and far fetched sketches that challenge the students to think quickly, creatively and cooperatively.
There are loads of number based games and this one has been working really well with Key Stage 3 at the moment. It’s all about listening and reacting quickly.
Every student gets a random number and make sure that all the numbers are sequential. Each student needs to keep that number secret.
The first half of the game is played in a circle with everyone standing or sat down. Ask one student to enter the circle and take their chair away. So, in order for that person to sit down they need to call out at least two number and swap with one of them. This will always leave someone in the middle to call out another two numbers. Each number can only be called out once.
Students need to react quickly so that they aren’t left in the middle, but they also need to attempt to learn and remember other students numbers so that the other half of the game can be played.
In the second half of the game, which is played in silence, students then need to get into groups based on their numbers. Groups such as all the evens and odds or students with 1’s, 2’s, 3’s (and so on). I finish with getting into groups based on numbers 1 – 5, 6 – 10, 11 – 15 (and so on) so that everyone is in groups of 5 ready to start the next activity.
Odd places to start
This is another improvisation based game and a quick one to set up. Working in pairs, students numbers themselves 1 and 2. The teacher then states in what positions the two students stand.
For example, student 1 sits on the floor, with the legs and arms crossed and looking to the ground with a sad face. Student 2 then stands behind them, with their right arm pointing down towards them.
The students then improvise a scene spontaneously based on the way they are standing.