Top 10 Lists…Video Style

Some of you may remember the Late Show with Dave Letterman! One of his regular features included his infamous top 10 lists in descending order from 10 to 1, adding his own a touch of humor and sarcasm as he shared! I have been using written top 10 lists for years and was excited when Matt Miller of Ditch That Textbook shared his version utilizing Flipgrid. This Top 10 Lists…Video Style post shares how to present the lists via Flipgrid with some of ideas for topics. Help add to the list by sharing additional topics!

Background Info

  • You may need or want to familiarize yourself or your students with Dave Letterman and his top ten lists. Here’s one example from an episode of The Show with David Letterman.
  • As you can see from the example, top ten lists can have elements of humor and sarcasm. However, for school, the lists should be truthful. The lists are generally made up of short, concise statements, and use contempory, informal language.


  • Provide your students with the topic you’d like them to curate a list for. Topics can be random or they can be based on specific articles, videos or textbooks (see attachment below). Also, the list doesn’t have to be ten. It can be a list of 5 or some other random number.
  • Ask students to brainstorm a list that befits the topic. From there, students must think critically as they select the best ideas for their final list, justifying their selections as they whittle it down.
  • Once lists are finalized, students use Flipgrid to create their videos. As students are presenting their lists, they also include brief explanations or summaries of their selections. They can even add props if desired.
  • A new feature Flipgrid added is text boxes. Students can peer edit or comment on each other’s lists before lists are recorded or after. You can check it out in this Flipgrid blog.
  • Top 10 Lists can be invidually created and/or small group. Students could indiviually brainstorm their lists and then revise and edit in small groups. If students are creating their lists in groups, assign so many to each student to make up the required amount.

Possible Topics For Top 10 Lists

  • Top 10 Reasons to Take FCS Classes
  • Top 10 Reasons to Join FCCLA
  • Top 10 Reasons to Encourage Children to Play (see guide sheet below)
  • Top 10 Reasons to Exercise
  • Top 10 Reasons to Follow the Dietary Guidelines
  • Top 10 Ways to Engage in a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Top 10 Ways to Reduce Chronic Disease Risk
  • Top 10 Reasons to Eat Vegetables (see guide sheet below)
  • Top 10 Reasons to Eat Specific Vegetabes (Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, Eggplant, Spinach, etc.) (See guide sheet below–vegetable can be edited)
  • Top 10 Favorite Snack Foods
  • Top 10 Ways to Prepare Chicken, Beef, Pork or Seafood
  • Top 10 Reasons to Eat More Plants
  • Top 10 Herbs and/or Spices in Your Kitchen
  • Top 10 Must Have Kitchen Tools
  • Top 10 Signs You’re Ready for Parenthood
  • Top 10 Reasons to Wait to Have Children
  • Top 10 Reasons to Follow a Budget
  • Top 10 Ways to Stay Out of Debt
  • Top 10 Reasons to Have Insurance
  • Top 10 Reasons to Eat Superfoods
  • Top 10 Reasons to Practice Good Communication Skills
  • Top 10 Reasons to Reduce Screen Time
  • Top 10 Reasons to Reuse, Recyle & Repurpose
  • Top 10 Favorite Fashion Styles
  • Top 10 Must Have Accessories
  • Top 10 Favorite Designers, Chefs or Theorists
  • Top 10 Reasons to Know How to Adult
  • Top 10 Interesting Careers
  • Top 10 Soft Skills Employers are Looking for in Employees (see guide sheet below).
  • Top 10 Goals on Your Bucket List
  • Top 10 Ways to Reduce Stress
  • Top 10 Reasons to Be Kind
  • Top 10 Ways to Show You Care
  • Top 10 Favorite Children’s Books
  • Top 10 Reasons to Read to Children
  • Top 10 Signs You’re in a Healthy Relationship
  • Ten Ways to Lose a Best Friend
  • Ten Ways to Get a Food Borne Illness


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