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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Scoot Games in the Classroom

Scoot in the Classroom - A Favorite
SCOOT! The students in my class LOVE hearing that word (or variations like Scooch, Scurry, Skedaddle during the game.) They know "Scoot" means they will be doing an activity that involves moving around the classroom.

Here's how it works:  1. Place a task card at each student desk.  2. Students create a recording sheet or use a handout.  3. Students begin by answering the questions at their own desk.  4. When prompted by the word Scoot (or whatever you decide) students move to the desk that would be next in numerical order.  5. When you see that the task is completed - prompt the movement again and repeat until all cards are complete.

Over the last few years I used Scoot games sporadically.  However, this year I find myself incorporating it on a more regular basis. These activities, which are usually a quick 5 minutes, can be a lesson activator, review of a concept or used as formative assessment.

While first I started purchasing games like Rounding Scoot through TeachersPayTeachers, lately I have created my own 'simple' versions.  For instance - I take 20 math flashcards (addition/subtraction/multiplication/division or a mix of all) and place one on each student desk.  I will instruct students to write a number on the card or on their whiteboard and place the card next to the number. Then students quickly number their papers 1-20 and we're ready to "move on!"

I've also used it for Vocabulary.  I will place the vocabulary words we are learning in ELA (or other content areas) and place them on student desks.  Again - we number the cards and paper - then SCOOT!  I've used it for spelling (I leave out the vowels and students write the whole words including the vowels.  Fact and Opinion can easily be reviewed with a quick Scoot activity. Students can identify states by their shape - cut up a worksheet that you want students to complete - put a piece at each desk - the possibilities are endless.

Some Scoot games can be more challenging like this Inference Game.  Naturally, the more difficult the skill the longer the activity.  So you need to decide the purpose of your scoot game. Whatever the purpose, Scoot is a learning activity that appeals to many!

Have a favorite SCOOT activity - please share it here!


Mrs. White's 5th grade Class: Using Scoot Game & QR Codes Lesson Plans:  Scoot for Money

Think Share Teach: Renaming Numbers (Free)

TeachersPayTeachers: Scoot Games  (Pay)

ProTeacher Community: Task Cards by Unseen (Membership is Free) This is a resource of over 100 Task Cards!



  1. No wonder the children love to be in your class. You are always thinking of new ways to engage their love of learning - not just the same old, same old. I'm proud that you are my sister.

    1. Teresa,
      As always you are too kind. I hope the kids find it as engaging as I think it is!!!

  2. Hi Nancy,

    I took 4th grade teachers to go visit 3rd grade teachers during their specials to look for evidence of student engagement. One of our teachers who is known for seamlessly integrating tech in the classroom was doing a Scoot activity for fact/opinion. They'd read a card (which was numbered), then write on their own paper the number of the card on the fact side or the opinion side with why they think it belongs on that side. The 4th grade teachers reactions were of shock because they assumed it was the technology that kept them engaged, instead of the activity. -- Very fun to see! Very strong activity!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Kind regards,

  3. I have a question for when you play vocabulary scoot. Are u having them write the definition? Thanks for the flash card idea for scoot. My class get enough SCOOT.

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  7. Great post! I am definitely going to try this out. Keep up the good work here!

  8. These are intriguing! The master of ceremonies caught my eye for a long while, looked almost fake.

  9. When you see that the task is completed - prompt the movement again and repeat until all cards are complete. Accessories


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