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Shiver me timbers

author: Katie Dwyer
level: Elementary
target_English: Directions
big_small: Small Groups


This is very much like the Mr Bump and Star Wars games.
Before starting you could use the TPR warm up to go through left, right, forward, back , grab and stop.You also need to explain that they cannot step on the sharks ( miming a shark attack helps this!)
Keep all the desks in there original places and remove all the chairs.
Split class into 4 or 5 groups. Get them to choose who is going to be blindfolded first (rock,paper, scissors). Make sure this person cannot see!
Place the cut out sharks in places around the 'course' and place the treasure chest ( cut out) on one of the desks, usually the farthest point from the blindfolded student. The rest of the group spreads out around the outside of the desks.
When the teacher shouts go she/he starts the stop watch and the group starts to shout directions eg. left, stop, forward, stop etc, until they reach the treasure.
The time is recorded on the board, usually I draw a big shark or pirate ship.
The team with the quickest time wins and gets 5 points!
You can play until everyone has had a go or for 2 or 3 rounds.
After every go change the positions of the sharks and treasure! The kids love the Sharks and the shouting!!
Have fun me hearties!!


Katie Dwyer





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