Virtual Realityeffective Curriculum Ideas

Creating a Virtual Thematic Unit. Thematic units are used as a strategy to integrate abstract, complex ideas into the curriculum (Riley, 2003). To begin developing a virtual learning environment, a teacher needs to choose the content for an integrated thematic unit. Integrated Fall Curriculum Ideas That Will Work Virtually or in the Classroom Guest Post: This time of year, teachers generally begin cleaning up their classrooms and preparing for a summer of meetings for continued learning requirements while waiting for school to reopen.

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8 Fun Activities for Virtual Learning Meetings

  1. Would You Rather Debates – Virtual learning with students can be activity-based. The would you rather activity asks students to evaluate choices and explain their thinking These questions are a great way to get a conversation started in a fun and interesting way. Don’t forget to ask students “Why?” after because this can be the best part of the conversation. Here is a great site would your rather ideas.
  • 2. Twenty Questions – For this virtual learning activity Have kids guess things like characters, time periods or scientific facts.Rules: Players take turns asking only “yes” or “no” questions in an attempt to figure out the answer. Ask as many as 20 questions.
  • 3. Movie and Netflix Reviews – Help kids learn to communicate and write by doing the virtual learning mock movie reviews during a team meeting. Assign a few kids each session to go as a fun way to start a meeting or get a conversation started.

Virtual Realityeffective Curriculum Ideas Activities

  • 4. Virtual Talk Shows – This virtual talk shows takes learning and makes it fun. Students take the place of characters, concepts, or even a time period in a virtual talk show. Each student takes the “hot-seat” to answer questions showing their comprehension of an idea from the viewpoint of a person or idea being studied in class.
  • 5. Hot or Not – In this virtual learning favorite, students use two pieces of paper and write Hot or Not and then as the teacher talks about ideas in content the kids decide whether this is Hot (good) or Not (not so good) and then defend their choices. One fun example would be on the topic of The Fall of the Roman Empire The idea could be higher taxes to help support the large Roman Military. Kids could decide if that is a HOT or NOT idea, and then explain why.
  • 6. Two Truths and Lie – Students come to the meeting with Two Truths and a Lie about a literary character, historical figure or event, or math or science concept. Then see if the other students can figure which statement is the lie and why. You can even prepare a collaborative doc that students can see ahead of time. Boom! A favorite face-to-face learning activity goes virtual!
  • 7. Doodling Together – Students love to doodle and remote learning makes a great way to have them do this collaboratively. They can interpret stories, ideas or people and compare their doodles with their classmates.
  • Microsoft: Use OneNote and a collaborative notebook.
  • Google: Use a collaborative Jamboard

Need more information on this virtual learning sketchnoting activity? Get students Sketchnoting with these introductory videos and learn more about the why by watching Sylvia Duckworth explain the importance and research behind this strategy. All this is curated into this Wakelet. Also, check out this Day of Sketchnoting post!

  • 8. PowerPoint, Slides or Buncee Brain Dump – Once your class is ready to start, find a volunteer who is ready to fun present and start the first random slide deck. The volunteer must then present on those slides to the group. You can give people an entire slide deck each or have them tap out to other members after a few slides. Keep the slides to a minimum by using only visuals. The key is getting people to improvise and have fun while practicing their communication skills under pressure!

Also consider checking out this blog post: 10 Ways to Reconnect with Students During Remote Learning


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Looking for game ideas to use for your virtual youth group gatherings? We’ve got you covered.

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Churches and youth ministries are facing numerous challenges related to COVID-19. Youth groups are unable to meet in person. Students are wrestling with isolation. And many parents are carrying the burden of homeschooling their children for the first time.

Most of us have had to take a hiatus not only from our traditional youth group gatherings, but from our favorite youth group games.

Dear Dodgeball, we miss you.

And while most of us just love a good youth group game period, I think all of us could agree that it’s not the game that’s important; it’s the connection time. Because of COVID-19, we’re struggling to break the ice with our students and create a space for our students and leaders to connect.

Virtual Realityeffective Curriculum Ideas

So we’ve tried to gather virtual game ideas from all over. Youth workers have shared their suggestions. We’ve scouted ideas from the online youth ministry communities. And we’ve thrown in a few game ideas of our own.

We want to see your students have fun, and we don’t want you or your leaders to miss out on an opportunity to create a meaningful connection with your students.

Virtual Game Ideas

Family Trivia

We LOVE this idea! Use Kahoot! to host an online trivia night for parents, students, and younger siblings.

Consider creating your own “Battle of the Generations” by coming up with questions specific to each age group.


One youth worker wrote:

It was probably the coolest thing that I’ve done in the quarantine, but also maybe during my time as a youth minister. We had around 25 families join in on our call and it was SO cool to see them sitting together on couches and around the dinner table.

zoom-in: fridge edition

This game is easy to prep. Just take 10 zoomed-in pictures of weird things in your fridge. It could be rotten fruit, your famous chili, or that left-over Thai food from last week.

Post each photo on your church’s social media account or share your screen during your weekly Zoom Call and have students guess what it is.

Whoever gets the most items right, wins!

weird leaders

This is a classic game that we’ve used several times during training events at our office. Ask your adult leaders for 1-2 weird (or lesser known) facts about themselves—make sure they know you’ll be sharing these! The more random the better!

Our team has submitted facts like these:

  • “I’ve never seen the movie Bambi”
  • “I can peel shrimp hands-free with just my mouth”
  • “I grew up with a pet skunk named Sweet Pea”

(If you know our team well, you might even be able to guess who belongs with each fact.)

For your game, give your students the list of names and have them try to match the fact with the person. It’s a blast watching students try to figure out these clues, and it’s a great way to help your students connect with their leaders, even during quarantine.

scavenger hunt

This game works great for middle school students. Create a list of common household objects: tv remote, cooking spatula, hair brush, tooth brush, any kind of tape, any kind of tool, etc.

Over a Zoom Call or Google Hangouts, announce the object to the group. The first person to come back to the computer screen and show their object to the group gets a point.

Be sure to give a prize to the student with the most points at the end of the game.

photo contest


We like the variety of options with this game. Challenge students to take a picture depicting a favorite youth group moment, put themselves into a certain Disney scene, or mimic their favorite meme.

Have them submit their photo in advance (or at the beginning of your virtual meeting), and then announce the winners at some point during your group call.

It’s a great idea to have winners in various categories, like “Most Creative,” “Funniest Photo” or “Best Attempt.”

Small group leaders can also use this activity in a group message with the students in their small groups.

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Dan Colwin is director of trips at LeaderTreks. He and his wife, Clare, live in West Chicago with their sons, Everett and Oliver, and little puggle, Roxy. They love their church family at Life Church in Wheaton, where they volunteer together in the youth group. He enjoys spending time outdoors, taking walks, having fires, reading, building Legos, working in the garden, and… Read More