The What Am I game is an excellent team game to play during the first week of school. However, it can be played anytime during the school year. What Am I can be played just for fun in a class period/session. However, it is best to play the game over a period of a few days. The game provides many opportunities to teach social skills, discuss expectations, and develop teamwork within the classroom.
Summary of the game:
- The goal is for teams to figure out a mystery item the teacher is describing in as few clues as possible.
- All mystery items are common things.
- Students can play up to 18 rounds. An ideal game is 5 to 8 rounds.
- Teams are given clues.
- Each clue builds upon the previous clue/s.
- The first clue is a very general statement. It only gives a little information about the mystery item, and it can be many things.
- There are 5 clues for each mystery item.
- Scoring: If a team guesses the mystery item on the first clue, they receive 1 point. If a team guesses the mystery item on the second clue, they receive 2 points, and so on. At the end of the game, teams add up their scores from each round. The team with the lowest score wins.
- Students must think outside the box. The mystery item will not be the most obvious answer.
- Students must work as a team to be successful at the game.
- All team members must have a say.
- Team members must figure out a way on how to agree on an answer for each round.
- Teams must also figure out the best way to communicate without other teams hearing their ideas.
Included in the product:
- 19 mystery items with answer keys (Use one mystery item for an example.) The mystery items can be done in any order.
- An example of the game
- A list of social skills to discuss with your class prior to the game. (optional)
- An 8.5 x 11 colored poster of social skills to display for the game. (optional)
- Recording sheets for each round
- Rules for scoring
**Suggestion for the teacher: Try to solve for the mystery items yourself before you look at the answer keys. Read one clue at a time and make a guess. Select your favorite mystery items to use with your class.
Here are 2 examples: Answers are at the bottom of the page. Spaces are between the clues, so you do not see all the clues at once.
CLUE 1: I am white.
CLUE 2: I am sticky.
At this point, many students will say glue, but that is incorrect.
CLUE 3: I can float.
CLUE 4: You can eat me.
CLUE 5: Many times, people put me in hot chocolate.
CLUE 1: I can go fast or slow.
CLUE 2: I have wheels.
At this point, many students will say a car, bus, or motorcycle, but they are incorrect.
CLUE 3: I do not need my wheels all the time to move.
CLUE 4: I can hold a lot of people.
CLUE 5: You never see me on the roads.
CLUE 1: I am very small in size.
CLUE 2: Once you close me, it is hard to open me.
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ANSWER: An airplane
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