Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ZAP!

You can see mine gets A LOT of use!  :)
Such a cheap and AWESOME game.  Made in minutes for next to nothing!  All you need are some library sleeves and a piece of posterboard.  As you can see from mine, it has gotten a lot of wear and tear...but clearly it is LOVED by all.  It's the type of game that you can use for anything and the smartest kids may or may not win.  I divide my class into two groups (you could, of course, do more).  You need a score keeper too.  I ask team A a question.  If they get it right, they get one point and go pull a card.  They have to follow the directions on the card.  The cards vary from being blank to having to ZAP the other team (which means the other team loses ALL of their points).  If they do not get the question right, the same question gets asked to the other team and they have an opportunity to get an extra point.  You can change up the rules to work best for you, but I promise your kids will eat this up!  Click here for the 3x5 cards that go in the library sleeves.

ZAP on!

***Remember that you can click on the link above for already made cards to go into the pockets. 

This game has been a hit on pinterest, and I have seen quite a few people ask what else is on the cards so here it is if you just want to write them on index cards:
 ZAP other team
 Switch scores with the other team
Add two points to your team score
ZAP both teams
Add to points to the other team's score
ZAP your team
ZAP the other team (second time)
Subtract two points from your team's score
Both scores stay the same
Add two points to the other team
I leave the rest of the cards blank (which means nothing happens)

31 comments:

  1. Just found you via Speech Room News - love this game idea! Thanks so much for sharing! :)
    ~Stefani

    ReplyDelete
  2. I play a lot of competitive games in my class. Last year's group was ULTRA competitive (18 boys, 6 girls) and constantly complained that the games were "unfair" if one team dominated. This is a great way to keep it fun and interesting, while giving every team the chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What goes in the "zap" pouch? Is there a reason it's not labeled 16? Could you still play with more pouches? Great idea! I just made this on a piece of foam board...about to attach my pockets.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just a normal card...you can add another ZAP your team, ZAP the other team, leave it a blank card, whatever! There isn't a reason. I just wanted it to say ZAP somewhere! LOL You can make as many pouches as you want! The more, the longer the game :). I find that the 16 is enough though. If you want to play longer, I'd just start again.

      Delete
    2. THanks for sharing! I ended up only doing 16. It looks great~can't wait to play!

      Delete
  4. Love it! I also have some classes who are uber-competetive, or groups who lose hope midway through the game! What a great idea!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a fun and simple game! Love it!

    Ashley @ Fierce in Fourth

    ReplyDelete
  6. This might sound funny, but are you using curriculum based questions? So if you're teaching sciences, ask a science question etc... Is that how you play the game with your class. Love the idea.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! The game is good for multiple choice, ask and answer, or really any kind of question. Let me know how it goes! :)

      Delete
  7. What about math?? Any suggestions for 6-7th grade? I can come up with questions both application and word problems, but would be nice for ideas as well

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thank you again for the idea of ZAP! We've had a great time in our class using it for review. My kids begged me to add onto it, so I obliged them and came up with a few more cards. Actually, it looks like it's on steroids now, but I've added things like, "the other team breakdances while answering the next question," and "the other team must answer the question 'ninja-style,'" which means silently. We all crack up!

    Anyway, here's our ZAP! board: http://schooledinlove.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/zap/

    Cheers, and thanks again for the great idea!
    Kristi

    ReplyDelete
  9. Fun! I just made a portable version to take on my subbing adventures.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I created a portable on for my sub journeys as well, excited to use it soon! Thanks for the superb idea!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is extremely versatile!

      Delete
  11. My kids LOVED the game!!!! They ask to play it every day!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Love the idea. I can't wait to use it with my class. I'm not sure if you put 1 card in each pocket or more than one? Could you please clarify this for me. Thank you so much.

    ReplyDelete
  13. My class is totally into this game. They want to play it in every subject. It's a great fill in for review when you have a few minutes left in class. Thank You!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Just found this through Pinterest and I LOVE it. Cant wait to use it for review for our upcoming tests. New follower!

    Brittany
    Stickers and Stamps

    ReplyDelete
  15. I played Zap! with my students as a review for six weeks exam! Oh my goodness, it was hilarious to watch them pick cards and then have to do what the cards said! I spent so much time laughing at them. They do not handle losing well!!! The positive outcomes were that they had fun, but most importantly the day of the test, most all but a few passed!
    Thanks for the idea.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm so glad you liked it! I hope you saw the post above that gives an improved version of ZAP! There are some really entertaining cards in her version. My kids absolutely love this game. It never gets old! Glad your students did well! :) Thanks for the feedback!

      Delete
  16. I really like this idea! It sounds really versatile and I can't wait to use it with my students. I bet you could also use a ready-made organizer, like an over the door shoe holder!

    ReplyDelete
  17. You're life saver! Thank you so much for sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thank you for sharing without charging... I get so frustrated with TPT stuff!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I'm still confused on why have different numbered pockets. Do you only have one card in each pocket? I saw a version with three cards in the pockets. Couldn't you just have one pocket? I can't wait to play this with my fourth and fifth graders. I also picked up a small V-shaped easel at Target with pockets on both sides that I hope to use for this game.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Also, I couldn't publish under anything else but "anonymous", but I'm not trying to hide.
    Thanks, Ruth

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hi,
    This is a great idea! I have called around town and no one carries, "library sleeves/pockets." Would you mind sharing where you bought yours?
    Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi! Sorry, I haven't been blogging lately, so I didn't see this. Anyway, I get mine at the teacher store...they have a bunch of different types, but you can also order them online at http://www.reallygreattoys.com/product/83587/paisley-doodles-library-pockets?gclid=CLPU9u_-groCFWpp7Aod6iMAOQ. If you just do a google search for library pockets there are tons of really cute ones out there! :)

      Delete
  22. Soooooooo glad I found this. It's the end of the year and I needed to plan something really fun and quick for fifth grade.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Also a bit of advice for others, this is a great game to provide for substitutes coming into your classroom. As a former sub I would have appreciated if teachers not only left additional work but something fun for students to do just in case work that was left ended up causing confusion, they finished work early, or something came up that presented extra time in the schedule.
    Edit

    ReplyDelete
  24. I have a question--hopefully you're still blogging! When do the students choose the ZAP envelope? When they get their question wrong?

    ReplyDelete