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Silent Time Line Sorting Game

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Last week we were doing housekeeping things during class and did not get to cover the stories that students were reading in as much depth as I would prefer.  I used this method to quickly cover 4 chapters students had read before class, as an introduction to the next chapters in Acts.


    1. Each zone gets two identical sets of word strips, one for the zone leader, and a second for the remaining group members.
    2. Zones will have 60 seconds to determine a silent signaling method to let their zone leader know in which order to place strips, keeping in mind that the signals they use could be intercepted by other teams.
    3. Zone Leader leaves the group. He or she must stay 4 paces away from his or her group.
    4. The zone leader's word strips must stay flat on the floor.
    5. For the first 60 seconds on timer, the group may begin to sort the slips and signal the zone leader with their scriptures closed.
    6. After the first 60 seconds, the group can look in their scriptures, but the zone leader may not.
    7. The group whose zone leader correctly orders the timeline strips first wins.

This was a fun, useful game, and it was QUIET!  I find myself so relieved when we are able to play a game quietly.  Phew.  Those kids can get overwhelming.

I allowed texting, but you might not want to.

This was a good activity for keeping everyone involved, and we were able to summarize a lot material very quickly.  You could do this activity with the Plan of Salvation, the Nephite Cycle, or any number of things.

Great for: Covering a lot of material, Determining student level of understanding, Encouraging student participation, Lesson opener, Reviewing a scripture story

Class size: Any class size

Helps Students: SEARCH the scriptures or text

Prep Time: 10-20 minutes

Student Age: Any age

Equipment needed: 2 sets of identical wordstrips for each team

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