A quick and easy DPA game is called “Switch”. In groups of 5, four students stand in a square and one in the middle. When the person in the middle says “switch”, everyone has to find a new spot. Whomever is left out, goes in the middle. It’s a quick, fast-paced game. It goes great with music.
The bigger version of this game is called “Teacher is Coming” or “Code Word”. Instead of standing in the middle, there is one person who stands at the front of the room. This person tells a story, such as, “It was Friday the 13th and I was at school and the whole class was there, except the teacher. A few students were about the escape out the window, when Jennifer noticed that the “teacher is coming”. As soon as “teacher is coming” is said, the students have to find a new desk. However, you can choose any “code word” as a cue to switch desks.Whomever doesn’t have a desk must go to the front of the room. If you move before the whole phrase is complete, then you must do “5 push-ups” or some other activity as “punishment” for your mistake.