Word Pop is a fun, interactive group exercise that causes students to think quickly, be ready when their “number” is called, and compete to “win”. Your Students will:

  • Experience a fast-paced, intensity-filled exercise that’ll challenge them to think quickly
  • Remind students of the importance of always being ready, as they’ll never know when it will be their turn
  • Be challenged to not allow one mistake to turn into multiple mistakes and will see firsthand how the mistakes from one person can have a negative impact on the entire group
"“I loved this exercise.  It required me to stay locked-in and think quick in a pressure situation, just like we need to do in games ”"
Junior Quarterback - Maryland High School

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Example Videos

See Word Pop in action below to get a better understanding of how to teach the the Exercise.

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Exercise Reminder Card

To emphasize and reinforce the lessons learned in this exercise with your players, download and share this graphic with them 24 hours after completing the exercise.

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Exercise Slides

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Quiz Questions

Quiz Questions

Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.

  • Leaders don’t cave in pressure situations, they _________.
  • What major lesson does being on your tip-toes teach?
  • How does increased focus lead to better performance?
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At Home

Coaches, use the below question, reflection, and action to engage parents, guardians, and other family members in the lessons learned in this exercise.

Suggestions on how to use: Email to parents the day you have taught this lesson, add it to the materials you send home, or text it to text message threads with your players.

  • Question: How does Word Pop enhance your ability to focus?
  • Reflection: Why is it important for individuals to be excellent in their engagement?
  • Action: Share some ways you can increase your levels of engagement and focus this week at school.
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Teacher Reflection

Take a moment to reflect on the lesson and how you can lead by example to your students. 

As an educator you know distractions are everywhere. They are never-ending. How easily do your students get distracted and get off task, or lose their focus? How much better would your students be if their engagement was more consistent?