It's time to play BinGoPo!

2017 Jonathan Milner


BinGoPo Rules


Learn! Review! Enjoy! Win! Make Bingo Great Again!


1.     BinGoPo Cards

2.     BinGoPo Markers

3.     Electoral College Dropout Sign


Students will each receive one BinGoPo card. There are six different BinGoPo cards, and each BinGoPo card contains all of the 15 vocab terms below, but in different configurations:

Students may not use books or notes to play BinGoPo unless they really, really, really need to.

The day before you play BinGoPo bring a bag of dried beans (canned beans are tasty but messy) to class or have each student bring 15 dry beans or coins to class. Each student will use these materials to make 15 bingo markers. In a pinch you can shred up little pieces of paper for BinGoPo markers or declare yourself Czar for life and take a nap. You also need to make a sign that reads, “Electoral College Dropout!” that any student who calls, “BinGoPo!” incorrectly must wear all day!!!!

·      Gender Gap

·      Popular Sovereignty

·      Coattail Effect

·      Ethnocentrism

·      Fighting Words

·      Double Jeopardy

·      Concurrent Powers

·      Commerce Clause

·      Fiscal Policy

·      Divided Government

·      Senate Confirmation

·      Cabinet

·      Impeachment

·      Political Socialization

·      Judicial Review


Unless you are anti-American you know how to play Bingo: B29, G9, N22, etc. Well today we are going to play bingo for GoPo: BinGoPo! Instead of calling out stupid letters and numbers (where’s the challenge in that!?!), we will be calling out GoPo definitions, and students will be finding the term that matches that definition on their BinGoPo card! The first person to get four terms in a row is the winner!


Round One

Teachers will have a definition of each of the BinGoPo terms (see following pages). They will also have a list of distractor terms, terms that are NOT on the BinGoPo cards but sound like they might be-we don’t want to make this too easy! Without saying the term, teachers will read one definition to class at a time. When students believe they know which term matches the definition, they should place their marker- bean/coin/paper - on top of the term on their BinGoPo card. The first person to correctly get four markers in a row on their BinGoPo card should yell out “BinGoPo!” Have the students read off their answers to verify that they are the winner.

If a student says “BinnGoPo!” and they are incorrect have them hold an “Electoral College Drop Out!” sign all day!!!! The winner gets 270 electoral votes and  _________________.


Round Two

For homework, students make their own BinGoPo cards and 15 terms and definitions that they believe will be on the exam. Also have them make 6 distractor terms that are not on the cards! Use our attached BinGoPo cards as a model for the students. Students trade their cards with a classmate and check to verify that the terms are important and that the definitions are correct. Students turn in their cards to the teacher/regent. The teacher then chooses the best card and definition set and copies these cards for the entire class to play another round of BinGoPo.


Speed Dating Variation

Print out all the terms and definitions. Cut the pages so that each term is separate from the definitions. Scramble the definitions and terms. Give each student any 3 terms and any 3 different definitions. Make sure all the terms and all the definitions are distributed to students.

Students race through the room to gather all the definitions of each of their terms.

The first person to get all their definitions is the winner and wins ____________.

You can get all the rules & Bingo Cards in a handy printable download by clicking on the button below!

You can edit my BinGoPo cards or make your own BinGoPo cards here! If you have any fun variations of this game that worked for your students, or suggestions of other terms that you'd like to see included in BinGoPo, please leave them in the comments section below. And if you have evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians please contact Devin Nunes at