Friday, April 29, 2016

Mafia game - Presentation

This year I use PAT with classes to help with buy-in for being on task during class.

So this week we have a lot of accumulated PAT and since it's the end of the year, I thought we could play a simplified version of Mafia.

I got the idea from Martina Bex last year.

Changes I made:

  • I decided for my Spanish 1 class to remove the doctor, because we never finish a game anyway.
  • I added a point system because we never finish a game so that way it gives some more semblance of purpose

And here's the presentation I came up with for today to facilitate the game. The language for "se hace de noche" comes from an activity we do earlier in the year so it's familiar.

You could easily take away the language like "killing" to something else. I talk about how the mafia eliminates people, but might use the term "kill" if the classes are familiar with it. The people they accuse go to prison.

If you can use it in your classes, great!  The kids enjoyed the picture of their town in the presentation.


  1. I enjoy reading your blog and often use your ideas and materials in my classroom. Thank you so much for all your help. Your slides about Mafia have helped me to finally understand the game well enough that I would like to try it this year. I would also like to use your slides if that is possible. Is there a way that I can download them?

    1. Sure Jennifer. Use this link. Go to File and it should give you an option to make a copy to your google drive. Then you can edit that one and enjoy.