For Middle Level & Elementary • K-6

Community Level 2 - Familiar

Materials: None

How to Play: Around a circle each player counts off by ones. This counting game requires that you agree ahead of time by what counting rule you are going to send the action around the circle: counting by twos, threes, fives, tens, etc. To begin, the player that is number five says "Pop!" and sits down. Following the predetermined rule, successive players say, "Pop!" and also sit down. The game continues in this fashion until only one player is left standing.

Plan for Success: Students may want to discuss mental math strategies they could use to stay alive in this game. Have a conversation about being last.

Variations: Give students the option of saying one or two numbers at a time. You could start another game as an inside circle for those who have had to sit down.

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