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One Red Game

Author : Joshua Burns
level : Junior High
target_English : numbers/colors/just getting them to speak some English
big_small : Small Groups



Let me first say that I saw this game on Japanese TV (I forget the name of the TV but I can find out) and using Japanese. So all I did was change it into English.

First to warm up get your kids to count in English and in between each number make them clap twice:

"1, clap-clap, 2, clap-clap, 3 clap-clap, 3, clap-clap..." and so on.

Then pick three colors (ex: red, blue, yellow) and make the students say each color and clap in between. Make sure to repeat the cycle three times.

"RED, clap-clap, BLUE, clap-clap, YELLOW, clap-clap, RED, clap-clap, BLUE, clap-clap, YELLOW, clap-clap, RED, clap-clap, BLUE, clap-clap, YELLOW, clap-clap..."

Now you are going to put the numbers and colors together! Make sure you write out on the board so the kids can follow along (use color chalk). So it will look like this:

g1, clap-clap, RED, clap-clap, 2, clap-clap, BLUE, clap-clap, 3, clap-clap, YELLOW, clap-clap, 4, clap-clap, RED, clap-clap, 5, clap-clap, BLUE, clap-clap, 6, clap-clap, YELLOW,ch

Go as far as you like. Then start over, but this time everyone is going to clap but each student will speak one at a time, going up and down the rows. See how far they can go without missing a beat. If someone messes up, re-start and have that student start.

Now for the tricky/fun part... Re-start the game but this time after one student say a number/color, they clap, but now they have to pick someone to go next by saying their name. (Remember everyone claps their hands.)

Student A: g1, clap-clap, [student B], clap-clap

Student B: gRED, clap-clap, [student C], clap-clap

Student C: g2, clap-clap, [student F], clap-clap

Student F: gBlue, clap-clap, [student K], clap-clap

See how far they can go without messing up. If this happens, start over and have that person go first. Some times this happens really quick so let the same student try again picking on the same people again.
When I played this game with 2nd and 3rd year Jr. High students, they had so GENKI and having so much fun!

Joshua Burns







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