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Classroom Games and Activities

Classroom Games and Activities

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A list of classroom games and activities, intended for English teachers, but appropriate for many other students as well
A list of classroom games and activities, intended for English teachers, but appropriate for many other students as well

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Published by: nifftytwikt on Nov 14, 2009
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Games and Sleeves Activities
A crime has been committed and 2 people are suspected of the crime; they deny theirguilt and claim to have the perfect alibi; 2 pupils are chosen as suspects and go outside for5/10 minutes to invent a detailed story for their movements on the evening of the crime(where they were, who they were with, what they ate, how long they were there etc);meanwhile the class, as the police, thinks of questions to ask the suspects; then split theclass into 2 equal groups, and make sure each student has at least one or two of thequestions to ask (where did you meet your friend? What were you wearing? Etc); call thesuspects back in; each group questions a suspect; then the groups either switch andquestion the other suspect with the same questions, or both groups come together todiscuss what they found out and whether they think the suspects are guilty or not;meanwhile, let the suspects sit together and talk about what questions they found difficultto answer, and what things they think they have said different things for; ask the class todeliver their verdict with their reasons; encourage the students to name the contradictionsby using ‘whereas’ ‘while’ ‘but’ ‘therefore’ etc.
Animal Stickers
Also good for famous people, jobs etc; students write an animal name on a sticker andkeeps it hidden from everyone else; stick it on someone else’s back; every person goesround, asks questions with yes/no answers to find out what they are; max. 3 questions perperson before moving on; bring everyone together – who hasn’t guessed what they are;get everyone to help giving clues
Every student has a page with 2 identical grids; instead of numbers/letters to find asquare, have words with similar sounds e.g. wheel, veal; top grid to choose their ownpositions; bottom grid for finding their partners
For phonetic symbols, large numbers, times, weights and measures, vocab(pictures/symbols on the cards)
Change Places If…
Students stand up and make a circle with you in the middle; use scrap paper to mark eachplace and get students to stand on one piece each; change place if…you’re wearing blue
socks; you’ve climbed a tree; you watched tv yesterday, or ask students to only formquestions using the present perfect
Fold up pieces of paper with key concepts/recent vocabulary on; students take turns to actout the idea and get the rest of the class to guess (also in small groups to maximisespeaking practice)
Clues Quiz
Small groups; give clues one at a time, starting with the hardest; points awardeddepending on how soon they guess (but only one guess per clue) e.g. It’s a small country;It’s in South America; It begins with an E…
Each player has a sheet of paper and a pencil and is asked to write down a man’s name,fold the paper so that the name is hidden and pass it on to the next player; the secondstep is to write and followed by a woman’s name and to fold the paper again and pass iton; Then come where they met, what he said, what she said and finally the consequencewas that… before the papers are unfolded and read out e.g.
Charles Dickens met SnowWhite at Paddington Station. He said ‘It’s going to rain soon’. She said ‘When’s your birthday?’. The consequence was that they both fell into the lake;
alternatively, a papermay have a picture at the top and each student must write a caption for the picture,folding it over each time, or describing the emotion of the person shown
Cops and Robbers
Split the class into 2 teams – cops and robbers; the teacher is the judge; get a number of small items and place them in the middle of the classroom with one team on each side of the classroom (or playground); give each cop and each robber a number; call out an objectand say a number e.g. pencil – 6; the robber with that number must try and get the itemwhile the cop must try and tag the robber; if the robber gets back to their chair withoutbeing tagged they say ‘I’ve got the…’ or if the cop tags the robber, they say ‘I’ve caughtthe robber’; award a point to the robber/cop – use ladder charts on the board; game endswhen all the items have been gathered
Set a task and a time-limit; use countdown music to maintain motivation to complete thetask
Crossword Clues
Ask students to write clues for a crossword on a topic chosen by the class/a crossword
already compiled by the teacher; demonstrate the problem of multiple answers if a clueisn’t precise; practice creating and writing concise definitions; ask students to compareanswers/or have a few small groups with different crosswords – can they fill in the answersby looking at the other teams clues
Definitions (as aclass)
Put keywords on the board, enough for one per student plus a couple extra; students takeit in turns to pick a word and define it; if the definition is correct, the word is rubbed off and they sit down
Definitions Game
Put students in groups with a small pile of strips face down in the middle; 1 person picksup a slip and defines a word; others try to guess; person who guesses keeps the card;most cards win
Use letters, photos and cartoons to depict vocabulary/concept; ask students to guess theanswer, or to develop dingbats themselves and then switch to guess each other’s answers
Divide definition and term; homophones; synonyms or antonyms etc.; normal domino rulesor help each other as a group to complete an entire chain; could use pictures to helpyoung learners
Drawing AbstractNouns
Ask students to try to draw a concept (e.g. happiness, beauty, usefulness, hate); putsstudents into groups to compare their drawings and discuss why they drew what they did
Filling The Gaps
Each learner has a number of cards, each bearing a letter clearly visible; use letters thatoccur most often in English (e,a,t,o,n,I,s,h,d,l); think of a word and ask for certain letters init; place the students who have those letters in order, but leaving gaps where other lettersare missing; the class has to guess the word and the missing letters come forward to fillthe gaps; with vocabulary such as animals, show a picture once the word has beencompleted to check all students understand its meaning, or use CCQs
Find SomeoneWho…
Pre-prepared sheet or list on board; students have to ask each other questions to find aperson for each category; no person allowed more than twice on the page
Happy Families
Card Game, to practise polite questions & courtesy – Can I have Mr Bones please? (I don’thave Mr Bones) Please can I have Miss Carrot? (Yes, here you are); players take turns toask questions to try and complete a family; one with the most families wins; could also add

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