Name 4: a Game to Energize the first 10 Minutes of your Class

I write a lot about games on this blog but the truth is that there are many days when all we do in class is course book related. It is easy to fall prey to the monotonous rhythm of the book and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it; but I never get a kick out of doing the exercises the book suggests and I might be wrong, but I don’t think the students do either. And I, for a start, need this kick to keep me going.

So, from time to time, I like to give them games that will not only engage them but also help them fix previously studied content in an attractive way.

The game I am sharing with you today is called NAME 4, and the aim is to revise content studied in this course and mix it with some easy bits and bobs from previous courses.

I have created the game in If you don’t want to create your own, you can easily edit mine and write your own categories. Also, in each slide I have placed a countdown timer. The time allotted for each category varies. If you need to modify the time, you can  find numerous countdown timers on YouTube; you just need to write “X seconds countdown”in the search box.

I have used the same template for C1 and B2, slightly varying the categories.

All the instructions to play the game are on the second slide. We had great fun so I really encourage you to give it a go.

GAME FOR C1 STUDENTS. Click on the three dots … to enlarge the presentation

GAME FOR B2 STUDENTS.Click on the three dots … to enlarge the presentation

8 thoughts on “Name 4: a Game to Energize the first 10 Minutes of your Class

  1. Thanks for your comment, Ana.
    I am aware you have to tick the Reusable box, and this is exactly what I have done. For some mysterious reason, in this template, this function seems not to be working.

  2. Hello, Cristina:

    I love your blog and all the ideas you share. I have a question for the Geniallys you have shared. You say we can edit them, but I think that if you don’t give us permission by clicking on “Reutilizable” when you publish them, we are not allowed even if we have a premium account. I would really appreciate it that if you don’t mind sharing, you would make them “Reutilizables”.

    Thank you very much for your generosity. Your blog is fantastic!

  3. To be honest,I have never done it. I think you need to log in in and then find me.

  4. Yeah, I know! But yours was perfect! In the school we’ve just got EDU pro but I’m a beginner and I’m not sure how to use it. Should I be able to find you on Genially by using tags or something?
    Thanks for your time.

  5. Thanks, Oscar! I have just realized you Can only edit it if you have a paid account! But, you can create your own for free using for example, Google Slides.

  6. Hello Cristina.
    Huge fan of your blog here.
    I have an account on but I can’t get to edit your game.
    Anything I’m missing?
    Thanks for your work!

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