This is a basic counting game to practice numbers. All the students stand up and you start them counting, following around the rows in order. When a student has the number 7 or a multiple of 7 or a number with a 7 in it, they have to say Napoleon instead of saying their number. If they mess up and say the number, they have to sit down. If they mess up and say Napoleon when they should have said a number, they sit down. Last few standing are winners (set a specific number like last 3 standing). The game can be changed to use a different number and its multiples. Nancy Wellington also suggested that if you have a larger class, it works better if you split the kids into two circles, then when someone gets “out”, they go into the other circle. It lets kids know that they can’t just goof off if they make a mistake (real or on purpose!)
You can take the game one step further by having the two circles compete against each another to get the highest count. When someone missed a number, their circle has to start over, so the motivation is self-reinforcing. The person that misses goes to the next circle and can be absorbed without that circle starting over again–so someone can be a “loser” in one circle, but still contribute and help the next circle to win. No one is sitting out, the peer pressure keeps them all trying, and the winning groups are proud.
Source: Deb Read & Bryce Hedstrom, moreTPRS