A collection of different classroom games, activities, handouts, flashcard games and other things you can use in class.
#4 In the Fridge
Materials: Flashcards and/or PowerPoint Presentation
A fun activity for students to practice spelling or sentence production.
1) Pre-teach some food vocabulary (between 5 and 10 items)
2) Divide students into teams. Write their team names and then numbers 1-5 depending on how many items of vocabulary you taught.
3) Choose between 3 and 5 flashcards and put them in the 'fridge' (you can use a bag or just hide them somewhere). If you have time, you can make a PowerPoint presentation such as THIS.
4) Have students from each team come to the board and choose 3-5 food items and write them on the board.
5) 'Open' the fridge and give each team a point for each item they guessed. Repeat until you have a winning team.
This is a very stripped-down version. Adapt to get the maximum out of your students.
#3 Activities Battleship
Materials: Handout (right click on link, save target as...)
A re-working of the popular kid's game "Battleship" but with activities and free time instead of hits and misses.
1) Make sure your students are comfortable with times of the day and days of the week.
2) Pre-teach the activities vocab (play football, do homework etc).
3) Give each student a Handout.
4) In the top grid, have students write an agreed number of activities in different squares.
5) In pairs taking turns, students will ask each other if they are free at certain times.
S1: "Are you free on Monday morning?"
S2: "Yes, I'm free". (a Miss)
S1: "Are you free on Wednesday afternoon?"
S2: "No, I'm not. I play football on Wednesday afternoon". (a Hit)
First student to "sink" all the activities is the winner.
That's pretty much it. Enjoy.
#2 Flashcard Game - "Simon"
Optional: Flyswatters, Whiteboard, Magnets
Here is a flashcard game based around the 1980's electronic game "Simon".
There are many variations you can add into it, depending on the age, level and/or target language you are teaching. I have kept my examples simple and listed a few variations below, but be creative and add some of your own.
1. Place a number of flashcards on the floor, or on the whiteboard with magnets (I'm going to use 4 animals as an example; dog, cat, fish and bird).
2. First student chooses one card and says it ("dog"). You can have the students step on / hit the card with a flyswatter if you like.
3. The next student comes up and has to repeat the previous student's choice, and then add one of their own ("dog", "fish").
4. The third student does the same ("dog", "fish", "cat"). Keep going until all your students have had a go. The final student has the hardest job.
1. Once every student has had a go, you can then expand the sentences. For example, add "it's a..." (If you didn't do it the first time around).
2. Expand it even more by adding extra vocabulary that needs to be incorporated into the sentence. Example, add colours to the animals (so "it's a dog" becomes "it's a red dog" and so on)
3. Expand it yet further by adding some adjectives ("it's a red dog" becomes "it's a big red dog").
4. Depending on the age and level of your students, you can do it in teams. A good team variation is adding the question form. So Team 1 will ask Team 2 "is it a big red dog?", to which they will reply "yes, it's a big red dog" (if that's the appropriate answer). Or, the opposing Team can try and trick them and make them give the wrong answer "is it a small blue bird?", "no, it's a big red dog" and so on.
5. You can also use it as a quick warmer. Place the flashcards quite far apart from each other, give the students a time limit and watch them run around like crazy!
Try not to choose students in the same order, or the poor student at the end always has the hardest job.
Anyway, I hope you and your students enjoy this one.
#1 The Dice Game
Materials: Dice, Whiteboard
Details: On the whiteboard, draw the six faces of the dice. Then, assign a particular score to each one. In the example above I chose 1 as 10 points, 2 as 20 points, 3 as 30 points, 4 as 50 points and 6 as 100 points. Number 5 is a "wildcard", so you can change it after each round to make the game more interesting for the students. Some examples are:
- Swap Scores (make this mandatory so if the winning team gets it, they HAVE TO swap)
- MINUS 10/50/100 etc
- Steal Scores (3+ teams)
- Points to Zero
- Choose another team to have their Points to Zero (3+ teams)
- Roll Again
- Score x2/x5/x10 etc
How to implement this into your class depends on what language you are teaching, but it is very good for question/answer forms. I usually use it to review at the end of a unit by writing a word from the target language on the whiteboard and students then have to make a question and answer in different tenses/positive/negative form etc, but how you use it is up to you.
If you don't have a dice, you can download a PowerPoint dice HERE (#11).
Thank you Lois for this activity.