Zip Zap Zop

Goal: To get the classroom on the same page energetically. To develop awareness of the importance of eye contact.

Zip Zap Zop
  • Intro
  • Game

Zip Zap Zop

Contributed by Janice Acevedo


To get the classroom on the same page energetically. To develop awareness of the importance of eye contact.


  • Teacher will ask for students to form a circle.
  • We will start with passing a clap and the word “ZIP” around the circle in one direction with energy!  The goal here is to try to maintain a steady beat as the clap is passed around the circle.
  • Once the class has managed to pass the clap with continuous energy and rhythm you can level up to change the direction of the clap. If we want to change the direction of the clap someone needs to say “ZAP”.
  • When the clap gets to you you can send it across the circle by making eye contact with a classmate across from you and say “ZOP”.  This sends the clap across the circle and the person who receives this clap can decide what direction to start the clap again.
  • Reflection
    • Students can reflect on what makes this game successful.
    • What are things that were done that made the game more challenging?
    • How do these qualities play into becoming a strong ensemble?

Transition into Activity

Transitioning into the activity: We are going to take some time to get even stronger as an ensemble.  We have to feel each other’s energy to make this game really successful. Are we ready?

Transition out of Activity

Transitioning out of the activity:  Let’s take one deep breath and see if we can all clap at the same time.  1, 2, 3, CLAP!

Classroom Arrangement

 A standing or sitting circle.

Supports/Adaptive Materials/Tools

  • Create a circle with chairs, or tape on the ground
  • Non-verbal options:  -Zip-1 clap, Zap- 2 claps, Zop- 3 claps -create different gestures for each one -whole class says zip, zap, zop together
  • A metronome or music with a strong beat can help with keeping a steady beat.
  • If/when someone makes a mistake – we cheer!
  • Instead of clapping: point, nod, create gestures as a class

Role of the Teachers and Paraprofessionals

  • The Teachers and Paraprofessionals can/should be used to demonstrate the levels as we learn them as a group.
  • They can also be used to help reset the circle if there is a moment where the clap becomes stuck on one side.

Remote Adaptation

Try to assign students numbers so each one knows their place in the
virtual circle.

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10 mins