Back-to-School BINGO

Are you looking for a getting-to-know-you activity for the first week of school? Here is one your students are sure to love.

Help your students meet classmates with similar interests with this Back-to-School BINGO game.

Setting Up the BINGO Game

  • Print the BINGO card.

  • Have students write their favorites (places to visit, afterschool activities, TV shows or movies, books, music, famous people, and sports teams) down each column. For this activity, it is better to stay general. For example, instead of saying one of my favorite places to visit is Myrtle Beach, just write beach.

  • Once students have filled in their favorites, you can either take the completed pages to the copier, or have the students write the information a second time on the page provided.

  • On the second copy, students should write their numbers on the lines indicated. If you do not assign student numbers, you can assign each student a number for this activity.

  • Cut the boxes apart on the second page containing the student numbers. These become your draw pile when playing the game.

Playing the Game

 Explain that you will begin by reading the number on the draw card. If the number is the student’s, s/he should not write the number on his/her BINGO card because the object is to find students who have similar interests.

  • If the number is different from their own and their card contains the same favorite, the students should write the number called on their BINGO cards on the line provided under the favorite.

  • Play BINGO using the Blackout rules, so that students have many numbers on their cards.

End Results

  • Once the game is completed, students should figure out the number from their cards they have written down the most.

  • Reveal to the class each student’s number.

  • Have the students get together with others in the class who have the same favorites: lunch buddies, work together in a cooperative learning group, or just allow a few minutes to visit with each other.


Gay Miller

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    • Delia on November 11, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I know that Bingo Generator one is over a year old, but I had a tip for that first link you shared ( I found that switching the orientation from portrait to landscape will allow two cards to fit on one page with splitting.

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