Resources › For Educators Time-Filler Games for Every Classroom Share Flipboard Email Print Maskot/Getty Images For Educators Teaching Tips & Strategies An Introduction to Teaching Policies & Discipline Community Involvement School Administration Technology in the Classroom Teaching Adult Learners Issues In Education Teaching Resources Becoming A Teacher Assessments & Tests Elementary Education Secondary Education Special Education Homeschooling By Janelle Cox Education Expert M.S., Education, Buffalo State College B.S., Education, Buffalo State College Janelle Cox, M.S., is an education writer specializing in elementary school education. our editorial process Janelle Cox Updated July 23, 2019 In the classroom, it's important to make every minute count. Even the most organized teachers, though, will occasionally find themselves with time to fill. We've all been there; your lesson has finished early, or there are only five minutes until dismissal and you are left without a thing for your students to do. These quick teacher-tested time fillers are perfect for keeping your students engaged during those awkward transition periods and maximize instructional time. 01 of 07 Current Events Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images When you have a few minutes to spare, read a headline aloud to the class and invite students to share what they think the story is about. If you have a few more minutes, read the whole story aloud and take turns discussing student opinions on the topic. Ask your students how they feel about what is happening locally as well as around the globe. 02 of 07 Give Me a Sign Steve Debenport/Getty Images Have you ever wished you could learn another language? Better yet, sign language? Whenever you have some extra time, teach your students (and yourself) a few signs. Not only will your class start to learn sign language by the end of the year, but you will also get a few quiet moments in class. 03 of 07 Follow the Leader SuHP/Getty Images This classic mirroring game is the perfect activity to do when you have a few minutes to spare at the end of the school day. Instruct students to mimic your actions. Once your students become skilled at this game, pass the baton and allow them to take turns being the leader. 04 of 07 Mystery Number Line Westend61/Getty Images This quick math time-filler is a great way to teach or reinforce numeration. Think of a number and write it down on a piece of paper. Then, tell students that you are thinking of a number between ___ and ___. Draw a number line on the board and write down each student's guess. When the mystery number has been guessed, write it down in red on the board and confirm that it's correct by showing your students the number on the piece of paper. 05 of 07 Things Found on a... Neven Krcmarek / EyeEm/Getty Images On the front board write one of the following titles: Things found on a farmThings found on a boatThings found in a zooThings found on an airplane Invite students to make a list of all of the things that are found in the place you have chosen. Give them a predetermined number of things to name, and when they reach that number, reward them with a small treat. 06 of 07 Give Me Five JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images If you have five minutes to spare, this game is perfect. To play the game, challenge students to name five things that are alike. For example, you might say "Give me five flavors of ice cream." Call on a random student, and have this student stand up and give you five. If they can name five related things, they win. If they can't, tell them to sit down and call on another student. 07 of 07 The Price Is Right Hero Images/Getty Images This fun time-filler will be sure to grab your students' attention. Get a copy of your local classified section and choose one item that you want students to guess the price of. Then, draw a chart on the board and have students take turns guessing the price. Prices that are too high go on one side of the chart and prices that are too low go on the other. This is a fun game that reinforces math skills and teaches students the actual value of items.