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author: Jonathan Isaacson
level: Junior High
big_small: Big groups
English Splat! (based on a game I learned from the U of Chicago fs ultimate Frisbee team)
Have the class stand in a circle.
Everyone gets a flash card (pictures, vocabulary words, etc.)
Go around the circle making sure, practicing all the words.
Now the fun part.
The teacher (you) says one of the words on the cards.
The student holding that card has to duck/crouch down.
The students on either side of the crouching student turn and face each other
The first one to say the word on their opponentfs card is the winner and stays in.
Gather the cards from the losers for later. (Ifll get to it)
Continue in said fashion until you have only four students.
(For added difficulty, have the students who are out stay in the circle. This makes people think about who they are next to in the circle)
When you only have four students, collect their cards and have them face off in, duel style.
Have the first two students stand back to back and give them each a new card.
Three steps, turn, look and shout. Faster person stays in
Repeat with other two and then with the winners to determine the class champ.
For an added element of challenge, if the student who is holding the card the teacher calls is too slow to duck, that student is out.
This is easily adaptable for just about any level. Have more advanced students conjugate verbs, or say opposites. Use phrases. Lots of possibilities and I have found that the kids really love this game. The first time around takes a little while to explain, but in subsequent classes, it runs really quickly with little explaining required.
Hope you enjoy and have as much fun with this as my students and I did.
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