As a student I loved anything to do with sport. If any subject had the word sport associated with it then I would want to learn and try and be the best at the activity. This got me thinking, and through my teaching I have used cricket in a number of different ways to engage students in the classroom. The following five activities have been designed for different subjects in the schooling curriculum. I have used these activities with primary school students, right through to the year 11 and 12 students I currently teach at a specialised cricket school.

The aim of this post is to hopefully find a new way to engage young students (mainly boys) by using a game they love to educate them. Give these a try and I’m sure the students you teach will love the activities and also be learning at the same time. This is what you call a win win for everyone. Teachers can change the sport from cricket to football, netball, swimming, athletics or anything that will engage the group of students you are teaching. As always if you would like these cricket activities as a PDF please email me at dale@breakappz.com

Literacy Cricket

Resources: Pens and paper for the students

Description: This game is a great way to finish a class or topic you have just been covering in a fun way. Great for revising the topic just learnt in a game situation. Each student has to write two questions on a piece of paper about the topic just covered; for example, the characters in the book they have been reading. Then one team stands up the front and they are the batters. The bowlers stay sitting in their seats. The number one bowler asks his first question to the number one batter. The batter has five seconds to answer the question; if he gets it wrong then he scores no runs, if he gets it right he scores two runs for his team. The batter can also pass and the next batter in line can answer the question for one run. As the teacher, you can award points to the batter if it does not relate to the topic and/or is too hard. After each batter has been asked a question the teams swap over and it’s now the bowlers’ turn to be the batters up the front of the class.

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Dice Cricket

Equipment: Pen, paper and dice for each student

Description: This game is played in pairs at a desk in the classroom. Each pair needs a dice and paper to score; students take it in turns to bat. The batter rolls the dice; if they roll a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 6, they get another turn, adding their score as they go. Students can write down the score and add it together on the page or they can work it out in their head. If the student rolls a 5, then they are out and the score they are on stops there. Then it is the other student’s turn to bat. Repeat this process 5 times and add up the five scores to get one total. The winner will be the highest score. You can then get students to work out their average score and so on.

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Math’s Cricket

Equipment: Pens and paper for the students

Description: This game is great for revising the topic just learnt in a game situation. Each student has to write two questions on a piece of paper about the topic just covered –e.g.  on adding 2 digit numbers. One team stands at the front of the class as batters, the bowlers stay sitting in their seats. The number 1 bowler asks his first question to the number 1 batter. The batter has 5 seconds to answer the question. If he answers incorrectly, he scores no runs; if he gets it right, he scores 2 runs for his team. The batter can also pass and the next batter in line can answer the question for one run. If the question is too hard, as the teacher, you can award points to the batter, if it does not relate to the topic. After each batter has been asked a question, the teams swap over and it’s now the bowlers’ turn to be the batters up the front of the class.

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Bus Cricket

Resources: None

Description: This is a fun game that students can play in pairs. Each student takes it in turns of batting. The way you play is by scoring the vehicles that drive past the bus. Motor Bikes = 1, Cars = 2, Vans = 3, Cars with Trailers = 4, Trucks = 5, Buses = 6. The student keeps adding their score up. The only way they can be dismissed and stop counting is if one of the vehicles is red. If any of the vehicles is red then the score they are on at the time is their final score, and it’s the next student’s turn to start batting. The winning student is the one with the highest score at the end.

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Big Cricket Board Game

Resources: A4 paper, 4 soft toys and 1 dice

Description: Split the class into four even teams. Each team gets a little toy as their team’s mascot and is used as a marker on the board game. To set up the board you need to write large numbers from 1 – 20 on A4 pieces of paper and place them around the room. Then you have your big board game. Each team takes it in turn to be asked a question on the chosen quiz topic. If they answer correctly they move their team mascot one place. If they get the answer incorrect the mascot stays where it is until their next go. The winning team is the team who is in front at the end of the class. You can also make bonus rounds, where teams can move two extra spaces if they answer the question correctly. The Big Cricket Board Game is a great way for the students to learn about certain topics and build teamwork. Here are some cricket questions to use to quiz your class.

A century is also known as scoring 100 runs by a batsman True

In an over, each bowler bowls 7 balls False

A standard cricket ground is square, like a soccer field False

Cricket is normally played on an oval shaped field True

4 runs is awarded to a batsman who hits the ball along the ground over the boundary line True

8 runs is awarded to the batsman who hits the ball over the boundary line on the full False

Bowlers have to re-bowl the delivery if it’s a wide or no ball True

In a T20 game, each team has to bowl 20 over’s True

There are 10 different ways to go out in cricket True

If a batsman accidentally knocks his stumps when batting they are not out False

There are three stumps with two bails on top True

A player is out if the ball is bowled and it hits the stumps but the bails do not fall off False

A “Bye” is where a ball that isn’t a no ball or wide passes the striking batsman and runs are scored without the batsman hitting the ball True

Players cannot be given out if they Hit The Ball Twice False

Cricket rules allow the batsman to be given out if he willingly handles the ball with the hand that is not touching the bat without the consent of the opposition True

LBW stands for leg behind wicket False

Obstructing the field isn’t allowed to be done by the batsmen True

Obstructing the field is allowed by the batsmen and they cannot be given out this way False

Leg Byes are given to the batsmen’s score False

Wide Balls do not have to be bowled again False

Cricket bats can be made out of different types of metals False

English willow is the wood used for the highest quality bats True

The twelfth man is not allowed to bowl, bat, wicket keep or captain the team True

The pitch is a rectangular area of the ground 22 yards or 20.12 meters in length True

A dead ball is signalled when the cricket ball falls apart False

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