3 Fun Team Bomb Games For Comparative Grammar
Hal here again with a final series of ESL bomb games designed specifically for playing TEAM bomb games in the ESL classroom for teaching comparative grammar. I’ve got ninjas vs vikings, medieval characters vs monsters, and the always loveable series cat vs dogs. The idea here is to get fun themed teams your ESL students can really get behind and get excited about while speaking English without even realizing it. I’ve often been surprised how much engagement I can get out of ESL students simply by allowing them to name themselves or naming themselves under popular themes like ‘ninjas’. In this paticular ESL game to learn, I want to provide a resource which makes use of a fun team-oriented ESL game specifically for comparative adjectives - one of my favorite ESL grammar teaching points.
If you are looking for other types of bomb games or the rest of the series I mentioned above, just scroll down to the bottom of this blog article as I’ve linked the animal series (jungle animals, dog breeds, insects, cute animals, & sea life) and the holiday series (Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, Independence Day, and New Year’s Day).
Overview & Directions
As always, let's do a quick overview of how these particular ESL classroom games work. After forming the ESL students into teams the teacher allows the students to draw a card (face-down). If they get 5 ‘bomb’ cards they lose all their points, but they may also collect points by drawing cards with vocabulary words and making sentences or by drawing other cards such as ‘change points’. In these versions, if one team collects 5 of the opposing team's bomb cards they lose all their points. For instance, in ninjas vs vikings, if the viking team collects 5 ninja bomb cards this will result in the viking team losing all their points. If they draw their own viking bomb cards they should simply return that card, and the next player will take their turn. This sort of ESL/EFL game creates a scoring system which is especially useful for classes of mixed levels or mixed English abilities by allowing an equal chance of scoring points regardless of level or ability, and which allows you to go over the vocabulary and/or grammar in a way that is accessible to all of your students.
ESL Card Games
Let’s take a closer look at the series of team-oriented ESL bomb games I’ve put together for you. For the first game I’ve included a direct download free of charge, and for the rest I’ve provided a free coupon, coupon code: DUK0MNyp, where you can download them all for free along by signing up for a teacher’s membership - just click on the image above (free for one month with the coupon code along with no cancellation fee).
Just click on the above image to download! The first ESL team bomb game we have pits medieval characters vs monsters. This game comes with directions, answer keys, cue cards, and the card game itself. Here is a preview of a cue card that is included within the ESL game.
You can use this cue card as a visual cue which aides the student in making sentences while playing the game. I recommend printing one full A4 size cue card and placing it in the middle of your play area so that all students can use it as a reference until they get comfortable making comparative sentences themselves. For example, if a student draws a ‘shield’ vocabulary card they can refer to the cue card and make the sentence: 'knights haves stronger shields.’
Just click on the above image to download! The second ESL team bomb game we have pits ninjas vs vikings. This game comes with directions, answer keys, cue cards, and the card game itself. For this version of the game, let’s take a look at the actual ESL game cards.
Here you can see the some of the ninja bomb cards, along with a 3X point card, and a change points card. If the opposing team collects 5 of these ninja bomb cards they will lose all their points! You can also see that I’ve themed each of the bomb cards with actual ninja weapons so that the students get to learn some fun facts along with their English dose for the day.
This next card shows the regular points cards for which the students should make a comparative adjective sentence before earning their team points. For example, if they draw the ship card theym might make the sentence 'the viking has bigger ships than the ninjas.'
Just click on the above image to download! The third ESL team bomb game we have features the classic but cute rivalry between dogs and cats. This game comes with directions, cue cards, and the card game itself. For this version of the game, let’s take a look at the actual ESL game cards. Here you can see some of the dog point cards. The card features a synonym and an antonym so that the students have plenty of flexibility when putting together their comparative adjective sentence.
That's it! I hope you get some use of out this series of ESL games to learn. If you have any questions or concenrs or want access to weekly free sources you can find us at Hal And Steve English: Lesson Sharing Group on Facebook.
Lastly, In case you missed our ESL animal bomb series or are just looking for more stylistic ESL activities click on the image belows to get them as well.
Click on the image below to get our holiday series bomb games.