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Fun activities and games

Post by khalid_agadir on Sun May 25, 2008 4:47 am

Below are some fun activities and games which I collected from different sources:
1/ Simon Says:

This game is very useful in the ESL classroom. The person chosen as
"Simon" stands in front of the classroom and issues commands. The rest
of the class only follows these commands if prefixed with the words
"Simon says". If someone follows a command not prefixed by "Simon
says", he is out of the game. The last person remaining becomes the
next "Simon". Some examples of commands are: stand up, sit down, touch
your left ear, say "yes"
2/ Chain Spelling:

The teacher gives a word and asks a student to spell it, and then a second
student should say a word beginning with the last letter of the word
given. The game continues until someone makes a mistake, that is, to
pronounce the word incorrectly, misspell it or come up with a word that
has been said already, then he/she is out. The last one remaining in
the game is the winner.
This game can be made difficult by limiting the words to a certain category, e.g.. food, tools, or nouns, verbs, etc.
3/ I'm going shopping:
The teacher start the game, for instance, with "I'm going shopping, I'm going to buy a newspaper". A student is going to repeat that and add something to it. For example:" I'm going shopping, I'm going to buy a newspaper and some bread". The next student is going to something too. For example:" I'm going shopping, I'm going to buy a newspaper, some bread and a pair of socks". And the chain goes on. If a student is unable to call to mind a part of that chain he drops out of the game.This game can be done also in different ways. For example, the teacher/student begins by saying:" I went to the supermarket(or market) and bought some apples"; the next one says:" I went to supermarket and bought some apples and potatoes", etc.Each student must "buy" some article in the supermarket.
VARIATION: Students "buy" articles, using the letters of the alphabet. For example, the first student "buys" apples; the second, apples and bananas; the third, apples, bananas, and corn, ect.

4/ Word play:

The first student says a word and the next student must give another word beginning with the last letter of the word just given. For example, the first student says gun, the second student never, the third river, etc. Each student must give a word before the count of five. Those who fail are eliminated. The student who stays in the longest wins.
VARIATION: The teacher gives a word and asks a student to spell it, and then a
second student should say a word beginning with the last letter of the
word given. The game continues until someone makes a mistake, that is,
to pronounce the word incorrectly, misspell it or come up with a word
that has been said already, then he/she is out. The last one remaining
in the game is the winner.

This game can be made difficult by limiting the words to a certain
category, e.g.. food, tools, or nouns, verbs, etc.



5/ Memory Game:
You group students about 5 or 6 ss one next to the other and ask the first one to introduce himself and give his
age,nationality,favourite subject and sport.The one next to him will do
the same in addition to repeating what his friend just said using:" his name
is ,he is,his favourite subject is"..........
.the third one
will do the same and repeat what the two students said and so on .The one who forgets a single detail will be out of the game.


6/ Word Lightning:
Have the students sit or stand in a circle around the classroom. A student is appointed in the center. He points to a student and calls "s" . This latter immediately begins calling words beginning with the lettter "s". When he repeats a word or runs out of words, he is out of the game. The student in the center points to another student and calls out another letter. But if the student called can name at least 10 different words beginning with a particular letter, then he comes into the center of the circle.

7/ Sentence Race:

A 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 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.
8/ Spelling Contest:



If you have a large class you have to divide it in 2 teams. The teacher says a word or a sentence depending on the level for
the students to spell. Students should spell these correctly with
not even one mistake. The team that has more points is the
winner .

9/ Countable vs Uncountable:(food and drink)

1-you group a reasonable number of students in one long line( one behind the other)

2- the teacher stands next to the raw and when the teacher says a name
of any food or drink students in all have to vascilate bewteen two
lines right or left.
the right line =countable.
the middle one =(the initial state before the teacher says a word)
the left line = uncountable.
if the teacher says
apple students move to the right
if the teacher says
tea student move to the left
The student that hesitated or moved to the wrong line is elimenated till there is one winner .

10/Verb Review:

This game can be played in teams or individually, depending on the size end knowledge of the students.

1 - The teacher gives the students 5 minutes to review a list of both regular and irregular verbs.
2 - Then the teacher writes something like this on the board : "things we do with our feet"
3 - The students then have exactly one minute to
write all the verbs related to this topic, such as: walk, kick, dance,
run, jump, etc.
4 - After the time is up, the teacher checks the students' lists of vebs.
Each verb counts for one point.
Any verbs not related to the topic written on the board are elliminated.
Then the teacher writes another topic on the board, "things we do with our mouth", for instance.
The student or team with the most points is the winner.
NOTE:This game can be used to review not only with verbs but also adjetives, nouns etc.







Have fun!



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Re: Fun activities and games

Post by sarah wrann on Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:47 pm

Hi Khaled

I like some of these...I find games really help engage and focus the students especially those played in teams. My students are very competitive and games add energy to the lesson. I really believe that if you dont make learning fun people lose interest quickly. I teach adults and they are exactly the same as kids. Everyone needs to have fun. Thanks for you ideas I will definitely try some of them.

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