Energy is a difficult concept to grasp, as it comes in many
different forms and has many meanings. This game is intended to help simplify
the concept of energy: food has energy which gets into our body through the
foods we eat, and we use this energy to move our bodies and for our bodies to
You will need the list of “Energy Sources for People.”And, if you are playing in a classroom, you
may want to move the desks apart from each other so the students have more room
to walk around. This is not really necessary since the students will only be
walking around slowly and can maneuver around the desks.
the students stand up.
that they are going to play a game which requires them to use some of the
energy in their bodies. They are going to walk slowly around the classroom and
continue walking as they hear the names of things that give their bodies energy.
students will begin the game by slowly walking around the space being used (a
classroom, hallway, or gym).
down the list of “Energy Sources for People,” reading each word clearly and
pausing between the words.
you are reading the words, the students must continue moving as he or she hears
words that give people energy (foods) and can be eaten for breakfast. The
students will be slowly milling about the space, listening as each word is read
a word is read that does not give people energy, the students should freeze
where they are (because they cannot move if they do not have energy, and the
word just read does not give them energy). Any student that continues to move
is out and must sit out the rest of the game.
calling students out, continue reading down the list.The students can move when they hear words
that give them energy.
playing in this fashion until all the students are out or until you read
through the whole list.
*Some foods on the list are not typical “breakfast” foods.
This is because we want to reinforce the concept that eating anything with some nutritional value for
breakfast is better than eating nothing.