Educational Professionals

 

Spy Vs. Spy
Directions: Assign each letter of the alphabet a different value, a number from 1 to 26. Write several sample words in number form on a white board or flip chart. For example, C=17, A=22 and T=4, so cat would appear as 17, 22, 4. Ask members to write a “coded” message to a friend using the coding system you have listed. Instruct them to switch with each other and de-code each other’s messages.
Activity Type: Individual
Time: 20 minutes
Materials: Pencils/pens, Paper
Core Areas: Education & Career Development


Balderdash
Directions: Teams compete against each other to guess the meaning of words they do not know. Begin by choosing a word from the dictionary youth are unfamiliar with. Ask each team to write a made-up definition of the word and write it on a slip of paper. Encourage youth to make their definitions sound as much like a dictionary definition as possible. Write the correct definition on a slip of paper. Instruct all teams to give their slips of paper to you. Read the definitions aloud one at a time, including the correct one. As you read them through a second time, ask each team to vote on the definition they believe is correct. Teams score points when someone votes for their made-up definition and when they vote for the correct definition. The team with the most points wins.
Activity Type: Pair or small-group
Time: 45 minutes
Materials: Slips of paper (cut to the same size), Dictionary
Core Areas: Education & Career Development


Around-the-Club Trivia
Directions: Ask youth to form two teams. Explain that teams will compete in rounds of trivia, answering questions related to common items found around the Club. Give an example: “What is the brand and model number of the printer in the Learning Center?” Ask one question of one team; if they answer correctly, award a point. If they do not answer correctly, the other team gets a chance at the same question. At the end of all rounds, the team with the most points wins.
Activity Type: Small-group
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Trivia questions related to items and objects in the room and Club
Core Areas: Education & Career Development


Alphabet Soup
Directions: Begin by dividing the large group into two teams; give each team a set of alphabet cards. Explain that each team will be given a word to spell using the cards. Say that team members must hold up the letters, in the proper order, so the word reads from left to right. Explain that teams earn points for each word spelled correctly. Tell youth that if a word has two of the same letter in it, they can turn over another card and use it as a blank to represent the duplicated letter. Allow teams a few minutes to decide how they will work together. Choose words appropriate to the group’s age level and vary the points according to difficulty. For each word/round, award points to the team that gets the correct spelling most quickly.
Activity Type: Small-group
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Two sets of alphabet cards • List of spelling words
Core Areas: Education & Career Development