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Search & Find

author:  Susie
level:  Elementary / JHS
target_English:  Do you have a...

The only prepwork needed is between 8 and 10 flashcards.

1) Teach the students between 8 and 10 new words, and the phrase, 'Do you have a...', 'Yes I do', and 'No I don't'.  Make sure they know it well before playing the game.

2) Since most classes already have groups pre-assigned, I call up one group to the front of the class as the 'it' group. They face the chalkboard, and close their eyes.  While they aren't looking, I hand out the vocab flashcards to randomly picked students, who then hide the cards in their desks.  Once all the cards have been distributed and hidden, I give the 'it' group 3 minutes to go around and find the cards. They choose a person and ask "Do you have a ....?"

3) For each card they find, they gain one point.  However, it is hard to keep track of everyone, so I tell the rest of the class that unless the students use English, not only can they not get the card, but they risk a penalty minus 1 point (depends on how frequently they use Japanese... obviously use your own discretion on this one, since we don't want any tears!).  Since the kids not only have to find someone who has a card, they have to guess the right card, it becomes really tricky.  

Side notes:
The no Japanese rule makes it easier to ensure they use English, but reviewing with each individual team before their turn helps a lot as well.  Otherwise, they'll just shout out a jumbled mess of words and get frustrated.

Some of my kids will give the 'it' group a hard time by taking their time to answer, or pretending to have cards that they don't have.  Walk around and make sure everyone is being fair.

This may take 2 classes, depending on the size of your class, how quickly they pick it up, and of course, how quick you are between groups.  My class of 40 took 1.5 classes.


Susie




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