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1. Flyswatter Game

 

Time:  10 minutes

Level:  Elementary grade 1-6/Intermediate

Works well with: Vocabulary Sets

Class size:  Medium To Large

Materials needed: Fly Swatters, flashcards, magnets, whiteboard

Game Concept Submitted by: 에이미김


 

How To Play:

 

1. Introduce the new vocabulary. Put the flashcards on the blackboard.

2. Make groups of up to 5 or 6 students. Assemble them into lines leading up to the blackboard.

3. Give the first student in each line a swatter.

4. When you call out the new vocabulary word, the students must run to the board and swat the correct flashcard.

 

Download a free PDF version of this here:  Flyswatter PDF

 

2. Hammer Game

 

Time:  10 minutes

Level:  Elementary grade 1-6

Works well with: Vocabulary Sets

Class size:  Medium To Large

Materials needed: Inflatable or soft/sponge hammer, bag (optional)

Game Concept Submitted by: 에이미김

 

How To Play:

 

1. Have a hat/bag of vocabulary category topics or a list of vocabulary to review.

2. Split the class into two teams. Assemble them into two lines leading up to yourself with a toy hammer in hand.

3. The students at the front of each line take turns name a relevant vocabulary. Correct answers go to the back of their team line and will eventually get to go again. Students with duplicate answers, long pauses, or incorrect answers are out and must sit down.

4. When all the players from one team are sitting down or the team with the most remaining players are the winners.

 

Download a free PDF version of this here: Hammer Game PDF



3. Bomb Game

 

Time:  20 minutes

Level:  Elementary grade 1-6/Intermediate

Works well with: All

Class size:  Small to Medium

Materials needed: Cards

Game Concept Submitted by: 에이미김

 

How To Play:

 

1. Introduce the new vocabulary. Lay out the cards face-down on the table.

2. Split the students into teams.

3. Inform the students that they can earn points, starts, etc. by completing and/or referring to the task/target language given on the card. Most importantly, inform them that a bomb will result in a loss of all of their points.

4. Set a timer or designate an amount of time for the game - the team with the most point at the end of the designated time is the winner.

 

Download a free PDF version of this here:  Bomb Game PDF

Download Game Version: The Death Star Bomb Game

 


4. Little Soldiers

 

Time:  10 minutes

Level:  Elementary grade 1-6

Works well with: Ask and answer, Pronunciation, Anything

Class size:  Medium To Large

Materials needed: N/A

Game Concept Submitted by: Sarah Jane Waddicor

 

How To Play:

 

1. Introduce the new vocabulary/target language. Inform the students they must repeat the the target language examples the teacher gives them, and that they are now little soldiers.

2. Split them into teams. As you shout, all the students should repeat you or your cue, stand up, and run to to form lines as well as stand like soldiers.

3. Be creative. Check their pronunciation carefully with listen and repeat, use stare contest, salutes, etc. to get the students to crack a smile, laugh, or make a sound. If they do so, they are out.

4. The team with the most remaining students wins.

 

Download a free PDF version of this here: Little Soldiers PDF

 

5. Funny Faces (Drawing/Conversation Game)

 

Time:  10 minutes or more

Level:  Middle School

Works well with: Communicative English such as ‘You look…’

Class size:  Medium To Large

Materials needed: Paper, Pencils

Game Concept Submitted by: Hal Thomason Wiley

How To Play:

 

1. Hand out a piece of paper to each student.

2. Have each student draw out a face which represents an emotion or a famous person with a face feeling an emotion.

3. Students stand up and mingle in order to find a conversation partner.

4. Once they meet their conversation partner they should follow the script provided below or one similar to it.

A: Who are you?

B: I’m _______________.

A: Nice to meet you, ___________________. You look ______________________.

B:  Yes, I am./No, I’m not. I’m ____________________________.

A: Why are you __________________________?

B: Because __________________________________________________________.

5. Afterwards, have the students sit down. Quiz them on who they met. Give them points according to how many people they can remember meeting, the feelings they had, and why had they had those feelings.

 

Download a free PDF version of this here: Funny Faces PDF

 

 

6. Karuta (Run & Touch Game)

 

    Karuta (Run & Touch Game)

    Time:  Less than 10 minutes

    Level:  Lower Elementary grades

    Works well with: Vocabulary Sets

    Class size:  Any

    Materials needed: Flashcards

    Game Concept Submitted by:  Hal Thomason Wiley


    How To Play:

    1. Split the students into groups or pairs.

    2. Give the students the flashcards to spread around face-up on the floor.

      3. Next, the teacher will call out a vocabulary word at random, and as the teacher calls out the words the students should try to be the first to slap their hand on the card which the teacher has called out. The student who first slaps the card the teacher calls out wins.

      4. The student who has collected the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.


        Download a free PDF version of this here: Karuta PDF

         

         

        7. Skydiving Animals Parachute Game (Hangman Variation)

         

        Time:  15 minutes

        Level:  Elementary grades 1-6

        Works well with: Spelling/Vocabulary

        Class size:  Small To Large

        Materials needed: Whiteboard

        Game Concept Submitted by: Hal Thomason Wiley

         

        How To Play:

        1. Split the students into teams. Draw a stick animal wearing a parachute with six strings attaching the parachute to the animal. Get creative if possible by drawing a funny/interesting/relevant surrounding landscape.

        2. Communicate how many letters are needed in the vocabulary word by marking a dash on the whiteboard for each letter.

        3. If  a student guesses a letter that is not in the word, the teacher should write that letter in an designated area for letters guessed that are not in the word, and then remove a string from the parachute. If a student guesses correctly, fill in the letter above the dash the dashes where that letter fits into the word. If the animal loses all six strings on its’ parachute that team is out. The team who finishes putting all the letters into the word (and corresponding dashes) win.

         

        Download a free PDF version of this here: Skydiving Animals PDF

         

         

        8. Zoo Chase (Changing Seats Game)

        Time:  10 minutes

        Level:  Elementary grades 1-4

        Works well with: Vocabulary Sets

        Class size:  Medium To Large

        Materials needed: Chairs, vocabulary

        Game Concept Submitted by: Hal Thomason Wiley

         

        How To Play:

        1. Introduce/familiarize the students with the vocabulary to be used. Have all the students form a big circle of chairs facing inwards. Have one less chair than their are students as one student or the teacher will be squatting in the center of the circle.

        2. Allocate a vocabulary word to each student, and test/cue that they know their word and can make a sentence with it.

        3. Finally the teacher/a student can squat in the center. Call out a animal (or any other vocab by topic or cue). Everyone who is that animal must stand and get to a new seat. The teacher/student in the center will also try to get to a sit down in a chair as well at the this time. If the teacher/student calls out ‘Zoo Chase’ everyone must change seats.

        4. Now that the teacher/student  has found a chair to sit in there should be one student left standing. This student squats in the center and gets to choose the next group to change seats by calling out a vocabulary word or saying ‘Zoo Chase’.

        5. Don’t use more than 3 vocabulary for each game as it is more fun if many students have to change seats.

         

        Download a free PDF version of this here: Zoo Chase PDF

         

        Download Game Version: Zoo Chase Game