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Among Us in the Classroom FREEBIE

Among Us Middle School ELA

Like many of you, my school district was 100% virtual the first couple of months of school. I didn't realize how hard it would be to really form relationships with students through a screen. We're now taking the hybrid route where the majority of students chose to return to face-to-face learning, and a few are attending online at the same time via Zoom. 

This is where the game, Among Us came in. If you aren't familiar with this (I wasn't), it's a multiplayer game where players are assigned a role of either crewmate or imposter. Crewmates must decide who the imposter is while completing tasks without dying (not in a graphic or morbid way). If they think they know who the imposter is, they can discuss this via chat with other teammates, and then vote on whether or not this is the imposter. If the vote is correct, the remaining crew members win. If they're wrong, players go back to completing tasks and trying to survive until they're ready to vote again. 

The first day students returned to school in person this game was all I heard about in the halls. My own 6th grader had mentioned it, but I really knew nothing about it.  That's when a little light bulb went off.... if my students think I'm "down" with Among Us, this will give us a connection. This is when I decided that I would create a game using a similar Among Us process that incorporated what we were currently working on in class. 

Since we're reading The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, I knew it would need to somehow relate to this (although it could work with any subject area or skill). Ahead of time, I looked over my class rosters and put students into groups. Each group had an imposter. Since some of my students are online, I had everyone log into Zoom, then I manually put them into the groups I had decided on and put each group into a Zoom breakout room. The imposters were notified via private chat. See the directions students were given below:

Among Us

Each group had to complete a series of tasks. I created 10 different tasks. If there were 5 members in a group, then there would be 5 slides of each task. I put the tasks on Google Slides, and then each group was assigned a set of slides that all group members could edit. I made sure to reiterate how important it was that each member put their first and last name on the slide they were using to complete the task. Although they could work together, they still all had to complete the tasks. While they were working, the imposter had to be sneaky and attempt to remove, mess up, edit their answers, etc. without the "crewmates" seeing him or her. When choosing the imposter, I made sure to choose a student who had shown leadership skills and that would be able to complete the tasks while also doing their imposter "duties." Some of the tasks students had to complete are shown below:

Among Us Tasks
All in all, students had a blast! They didn't realize they were actually using critical thinking skills, citing text evidence, identifying simple, compound, and complex sentences in the meantime, and more. 

Since I had never done this before, I did find a couple things that I would attempt to modify when using in the future:
  • Ten tasks were too many to complete in a 60 minute class period. Five or six tasks would have been plenty. 
  • Since we were using Google Slides, I forgot that the group members who were working on the same set of slides could see the little profile pics of others working on the same slide as they were. This meant that the imposter had to make sure that they weren't on the slide at the same time other members were.
  • Students could also see what group members were working on specific slides by looking at the little slides on the left (see what I'm referring to below). To prevent this, I had them tape a sheet of construction paper over this section of their screen. I created the game using Google Slides since this game had to be done online so that my Zoom kids could participate. I haven't thought of an alternative yet, but my kids still did well with this. I told them if they were caught looking under their paper, they would be eliminated from the game and would have to complete all tasks alone. This seemed to work. 😉
Among Us Game

If you would like to try implementing an Among Us-ish game in your classroom, you can access the editable Google Slides I created here. You can modify the directions and tasks to fit what you're working on in your classroom. 

I also created a printable and digital Among Us Informational Text that includes a quiz and other activities. This was also a big hit in my classroom as well as other teachers who have used it. 

What fun activities have you used in your classroom this year? I'd love to hear about them in the comments. 

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