Games 4

Bingo:

Can be played with numbers, letters, pictures or even words. The winner is the first together get a line or or full house.

Charades:

Have a S come to the front of the class and whisper a word or show a FC to that S.The S the acts out that word and the first S to guess can be the next player. This works very well with action verbs.

Variation:

divide the class up into teams – the first S to guess wins a point for his/her team.

Draw and Roll:

Split class into 2 teams. T says Draw a ______ and Ss should draw that vocabulary word. If the drawing is correct then the student rolls a dice for points. This game can be played 2 ways: The fastest person to draw the picture rolls the dice. Or the other way is too allow any student to roll the dice as long as the picture is recognizable and correct. I made my dice out of a box from the 100 Yen store. (Submitted by Tania Bibbo).

Hangman:

The old favorite. Very good for reviewing vocab from past lessons.

Label It:

This works well with newcomers of all ages who need an introduction to basic vocabulary. As long as the learners are able to identify beginning letter sounds, they should beable to do this activity. To familiarize my students with names of objects found in the classroom, Ilabel everything with an index card that has the item’s name on it. Then I have them repeat what I read as they point to the item. The next day, I remove the cards and go through them one at a time and we place them on the correct item together. The third day, I let them label whatever they can on their own. I continue this for a few days. When they are able to independently label most of the items, I surprise them by having them labeled incorrectly. Then they have to straighten out the mess. You can adapt this to any noun-based vocabulary list (e.g. types of foods, body parts,parts of a room in a house, animals, etc.) that you can post pictures of. Your website has amazing flashcards and pictures that can be printed out and used for this. (submitted by KMMP).

Line True or False:

Put a line of tape on the floor and designate one side “True” and the other”False”. Hold up an object or flashcard and say its word. If Ss think the you have said the correct word they jump on the True side, if not they jump on the False side. Incorrect Ss sit out until the next game.

Pictionary:

Good for reviewing vocab. Pick a S and show him/her a picture or whisper a wordinto his/her ear. The S draws the picture on the board and the first S to guess the picture gets to draw the next picture. This can also be played in teams with a point system.

Spelling Bee:

Have all your Ss stand at the front of the class. Give S1 a word to spell. The So rally spells the word and the T writes it on the board as it is being spelt. If the spelling is wrong the S is knocked out of the game. The last S standing is the winner. This also works well as a team game.

Time Bomb:

you need a timer (such as an egg timer) for this exciting game. Set the timer, ask aquestion and then throw it to a S. S/he must answer and then throw the timer to another S, whoin turn answers and then throws it to another S. The S holding the timer when it goes off loses alife. This can also be done with categories (e.g. food, animals, etc.).

Vocab Tic Tac Toe:

Draw a basic tic tac toe board on the white board with new vocabulary in each block. Each word is missing one, two or three letters depending on students level. One S from each team is called up and must fill in the missing letter(s) and say the word aloud. The team with three in a row wins. (submitted by Shawn).

Bang Bang

Level:

Easy Dividethe group into two teams. Explain that they are cowboys and they are involved ina duel. One student from each team comes to the front. Get them to pretend to draw their pistols. Say “how do you say…” and a word in their mother tongue. The first child to give the answer and then “bang bang”, pretending to shoot his opponent is the winner. He remains standing and the other one sits down. I give 1 point for the right answer and 5extra points if they manage to “kill” 4 opponents in a row.

Editor’s Note: Instead of saying the word in the students’ mother tongue, it would be possible to use a picture or to say a definition (“What do you call the large gray animal with a long nose?”)

Sentence Race

Level:

Any LevelA good game for large classes and for reviewing vocabulary lessons.1.

Prepare a list of review vocabulary words.2.

Write each word on two small pieces of paper. That means writing the word twice, once on each paper.3.

Organize the pieces like bundles, 2 bundles, 2 sets of identical words.4.

Divide the class into 2 teams. get them to make creative team names.5.

Distribute each list of words to both teams. every student on each team shouldhave a paper. Both teams have the same words.6.

When you call a word, 2 students should stand up, one from each team. The students must then run to the blackboard and race to write a sentence using theirword.The winner is the one with a correct and clearly written sentence.This is always a hit with kids. For more advanced students, use tougher words.

What’s the Meaning?

Level:

Medium to Difficult You, the teacher, may need a dictionary do this activity.

Choose a word which is long, difficult, and unknown to the students, a good word to begin with is:

warmonger

.

Without using a dictionary, your students write down a definition. (They can work out the definition in groups of three). Allow them a few minutes to think and write.

Collect the definitions and read them aloud.

When you have finished reading, they will have to vote which of those is the correct one. (It doesn’t matter if none of them is the correct one)

After they have voted and none of the groups guessed the meaning you read the correct one aloud.The idea of this game is to let students be creative and practice writing skills.Then you can have the students to discuss their writings.

Editor’s Note: Instead of saying the word in the students’ mother tongue, it would be possible to use a picture or to say a definition (“What do you call the large gray animal with a long nose?”)

Sentence Race

Level:

Any LevelA good game for large classes and for reviewing vocabulary lessons.1.

Prepare a list of review vocabulary words.2.

Write each word on two small pieces of paper. That means writing the wordtwice, once on each paper.3.

Organize the pieces like bundles, 2 bundles, 2 sets of identical words.4.

Divide the class into 2 teams. get them to make creative team names.5.

Distribute each list of words to both teams. every student on each team should have a paper. Both teams have the same words.6.

When you call a word, 2 students should stand up, one from each team. The students must then run to the blackboard and race to write a sentence using their word.The winner is the one with a correct and clearly written sentence.This is always a hit with kids. For more advanced students, use tougher words.

What’s the Meaning?

Level:

Medium to Difficult You, the teacher, may need a dictionary do this activity.

Choose a word which is long, difficult, and unknown to the students, a good word to begin with is:

warmonger

.

Without using a dictionary, your students write down a definition. (They can work out the definition in groups of three). Allow them a few minutes to think and write.

Collect the definitions and read them aloud.

When you have finished reading, they will have to vote which of those is the correct one. (It doesn’t matter if none of them is the correct one)

After they have voted and none of the groups guessed the meaning you read the correct one aloud

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