7-up...the revival!

Did you ever play 7-up as a kid in school? I loved it. We usually played it during parties or on a Friday afternoon. The basic rules. Seven kids stand up in the front of the room- everyone else puts their head down- The seven kids go tap the the ones with their heads on their desks- once everyone has been tapped the tappers return to the front of the room- all the kids at their desks stand up and try to guess who picked them. Laughter ensues! Hooray!

Fast forward to 2013....In my room we play it just the same way, but the kids who are the tappers have a name change. They hold our weekly sight word cards in front of them and we reintroduce them to the class. "Hi everyone this is no long Kate her new name is colors. This is no longer Joe- his new name is sign." The kids who are tapped and have to do the guessing can't use their friends real names. They have to call them by their new sight word name.

I have played this with my classes for years! It was one of those games I just came up with one day on the spot and the kids LOVED it. I feel like some of my favorite things I've done have happened this way- just in the moment! I often play this right before our spelling test just to get the kids ready and to also loosen them up a bit.

Do you have any games you often play that your class just begs for?

Thanks for stopping over!


  1. What a great idea! Years ago, I used to play 7-up with my fourth graders. I'll have to try it with my first graders. I love the idea of renaming your students using sight words. Thanks for the idea, your newest follower.

    Kathy's First Grade Adventure

  2. Hi, I am your newest follower. I loved that game as a kid. I really love how you are using it to teach sight words. I am going to give it a go tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!
    First Grade Carousel

  3. What a great idea!! I remember playing as a kid but haven't played this with my own class. WHY?!?! haha! I'm gonna give it a try this week. :) I'm a new follower.

    WILD About First Grade!


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