powerpoint pictureIf you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom, try these PowerPoint games. Some are ready to go; some need you to type your own questions into the template.

The PowerPoint games I've developed here could be used in two ways. Either a zippy fun thing in the last few minutes of the lesson to test what you've studied in the lesson, or an activity which could lead to discussion of grammar/pron/vocab. The template for these games will allow you to make your own.

One word of warning: in my experience, interactive whiteboards don't always react well with some types of animation in PowerPoint. So, I would advise using the mouse to click on questions in PowerPoint rather than the whiteboard pen, unless you are extremely confident about your whiteboard technology.

Odd one out PowerPoint gameGame 1: Odd one out / multiple-choice quiz

One question, four possible answers. You could use this as a multiple-choice quiz, or as an odd one out activity. Below is an example game for pronunciation, and the basic template.

Odd One Out pronunciation example
Odd One Out template

Who wants to be a millionaireGame 2: Who wants to be a millionaire

Again, one question, four answers, but this one is based on the famous game show. The "lifelines" can't be put into the PowerPoint itself, but you can take out two answers yourself (50-50), let the class vote (ask the audience), and improvise for phone-a-friend. Use the template below to make your own.

Millionaire example (verb collocations)
Millionaire PowerPoint template

Easter egg treasure hunt PowerPoint gameGame 3: Treasure Hunt

You don't need to adapt these PowerPoints - the only preparation you need here is a handout with questions. Teams discuss the questions together, and then you ask them to choose a question to answer.

If they are right, they can click a shape to reveal what is behind it. They get a point if it is the treasure (in the picture here it's Easter eggs).

Easter Egg PowerPoint game
Christmas Advent Calendar game
Haunted House PowerPoint game
Pirate Treasure Hunt

Anagrams PowerPoint quizGame 4: Anagrams

A quiz rather than a game, but it's a great way to review language. Type your anagram into the anagram box, type your answer into the answer box, then drag one over the other. Copy and paste the slides to add more anagrams. If you want, you can add a question in a text box (as in the image here), or to save preparation time, you could ask the question verbally. This works really well if you get the students in small teams and give them buzzers.

Anagrams PowerPoint

Blockbusters (ABC) game PowerPointGame 5: Blockbusters (ABC)

This is based on the UK gameshow 'Blockbusters'. You choose a letter (e.g. B) and ask a question (e.g. "What B is an animal which likes honey?"). The first team (red or blue) to give the correct answer ("bear") wins that letter - click on the letter to toggle the colour. They then choose the next letter, and both teams again race to answer the next question. The winning team connects red to red or blue to blue. This is a very simple version of the game - you will need to have a word list and be prepared to read the questions, but you don't need to adapt the PowerPoint slides at all. Alternatively, get students to write their own questions and present the game.

Blockbusters (ABC quiz) - no flashing

Blockbusters (ABC quiz) - flashing letters

Top English - phrase recognition quiz from tops of words.Game 6: Top English

I once heard that L1 users of English can read any text with only the tops of words visible (I’m not sure where this claim comes from, but this article gives a little information about something similar). Anyway, use this quiz game to review words, phrases or even whole sentences – can students identify the missing information with only the tops of words visible? This works particularly well when you want to focus on collocations or idioms. I would recommend putting the class into teams and giving them buzzers or mini-whiteboards for the answers.

Top English reading quiz

Tornado game (otherwise known as Typhoon or Kaboom)Game 7: Tornado

This is a version of the Typhoon / Kaboom game and is similar to the treasure hunt games above but as well as getting points from answering questions, students have the chance to sweep away another team's score or swap scores with the team of their choosing. I've renamed it Tornado because there wasn't a symbol for typhoon in PowerPoint ! You'll need 25 or 36 questions depending on the game. I find that simple vocabulary questions are best to keep it snappy (e.g. opposites or collocations), otherwise 25 questions will feel like a lot! Students work in teams. Ask Team A the first question - if they get it right, they choose a number. Click on the number to find out what they've won: 10-50 points / swap scores / tornado (destroy another team's score). Use the text boxes to record scores (when you download and open the PowerPoint, it'll ask you to 'enable editing' so you can edit the scores when PowerPoint is in presentation mode).

Tornado game (25 questions)

Tornado game (36 questions)

Make your own PowerPoint games

If you want to know how to make your own, have a look at these instruction videos