Who Am I? Important People in History Game - 5th Grade {Digital and Printable}

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This game is intended to be used to review all of the important people in history from the Civil War to the 1960s.

There is a printable and digital version.

The game includes a playing card that lists clues to reveal an important person in history. The people listed are specific to the Social Studies Georgia Performance Standards key people for 5th grade and is a great test prep review for standardized testing.

*(The Georgia Performance Standards no longer include the Civil War in 5th Grade, but those terms are still included in this resource. Feel free to disregard those terms or use them as a 4th Grade review)

How To Play {Printable}
1. Cut apart each of the cards of people so that they are like playing cards.
2. Shuffle the cards and turn them upside down in a pile.
3. Separate your class into teams (however many you would like – I prefer 2, but you can do more)
4. Choose a player from the first group to come up and read the clues to their team. They finish with, “Who am I?” and their team must guess the answer. If someone from their team guesses correctly, that team gets 2 points. If they are wrong, the next team up has a chance to get 1 point if they answer correctly. If they get it correct, they still get their turn next. If they were incorrect when trying to earn the point, the next group in order (if there is more than 2 teams) will get their chance to get a point. Continue playing in this way until you have completed all of the cards.
5. Whichever team has the most points at the end, wins.

Tips for Digital Use:
  • assign the slideshow to students so that they can review key terms
  • use in class or on Zoom by presenting the slideshow (the first slide has the clues and the second slide reveals the answer)

What You Get

There are 39 people (39 cards and Google Slides) and there is an extra blank page/slide in case you have more people you would like to add. The answer for each person is located on the same card as the clues so that the person reading the card has the answer.

People included: Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, John Brown, Harriett Beecher Stowe, General Sherman, The Black Cowboys of Texas, The Wright Brothers, George Washington Carver, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Louis Armstrong, Langston Hughes, Babe Ruth, Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Duke Ellington, Margaret Mitchell, Jesse Owens, Harry S. Truman, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, Emperor Hirohito, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, Rosie the Riveter, Tuskegee Airmen, Eleanor Roosevelt, Joseph McCarthy, Nikita Khrushchev, Thurgood Marshall, Lyndon B. Johnson, Caesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Ronald Regan

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