#EggDashChallenge: Game of Thrones!

Can you save Westeros? Winter is coming for the #EggDashChallenge!

Dragon

In honor of tonight’s season premier of the eighth and final season of HBO’s juggernaut fantasy epic, Game of Thrones — I whipped up a wintry dragon inspired variant on the core #EggDashChallenge gameplay and wanted to share it here on the blog for anyone who might be interested.

The core activity works exactly like the original #EggDashChallenge, and can be used with any existing worksheet or review activity. All you’ll need is a pair of scissors and a bunch of plastic eggs!

Setup:

  1. Take any normal worksheet with review questions.
  2. Cut the sheet into slips.
  3. Hide those slips in plastic eggs.

Teams collect and egg at random then race back to their team compete to solve as many as they can before time expires! Rinse and repeat.

The Rules:

  1. Students work in teams with 4-5 classmates in desk groups.
  2. Place the “Egg Pile” in the center of the room.
  3. Start a timer on the overhead board. Highest point total by the end wins!

Some Considerations:

  1. Make sure to number your questions!
  2. Keep things safe by reminding teams that they are ONLY allowed to solve questions while seated with their desk group (no “texting and driving,” so to speak).
  3. Consider revealing hidden point values at the very end of your game, which adds an awesome element surprise.

Don’t forget to snap photos or video of your high-energy event and use the hashtags #EggDashChallenge and #EDrenaline to join the worldwide fun! We’ve had teachers sharing videos from more than 30 US states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 7 different countries around the globe.

Complete activity details are here.

Author: John

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project, after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader, and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. He is a past presenter and regular attendee at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower19, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports summer conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races. John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Laura, a high school music teacher and fellow graduate of The Catholic University of America, and a giant-sized Maine Coon cat named Jack.

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