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Steal the Bacon

target_English : Vocabulary, Numbers, ABCs

This game is from Joel Bacha's "Teachers and Kids" book. There are loads more in the book itself, check out here for details!
http://genkienglish.net/joelsbook.htm

Focus: Vocabulary, Numbers, ABCs
Level: 1-4
Preparation: One chalk board erasure (the bacon)
Play this game in the gym.

1. Make two teams.
2. Have each team line up along the wall on opposite sides of the gym.
3. Put the erasure (bacon) in the middle of the gym.
4. Depending on what you're reviewing, assign a letter, number, or word to each student on each team.
5. If your reviewing letters, call out a letter (ex. gG!h)
6. The two Gs from each team run to the middle of the gym and try to be the first one to steal the bacon.
7. The student who steals the bacon first has to run back to his or team before being tagged by the other student.
8. If the student who steals the bacon gets back to his or her team safely, then he or she wins. If the other student tags him or her before getting there, then the other student wins.

If you'd like more of Joel's ideas, check out his "Teachers & Kids" book!
http://genkienglish.net/joelsbook.htm


Readers' Comments

Just a warning.  I did this game with a group of sannsennsei ( 3rd grade) students.  I taught karate in the States and never had a problem with this game.  But in Japan, two kids actually dove into each and crashed heads, a boy's tooth cutting into another boy's head.  One had to go the hospital.  I was asked not to come back to that school.

( I received this comment anonymously, so I doubt that a school would really ask an ALT not to come back for something like this. But it pays to be mindful of the how hard the kids are playing, be careful!- Richard)



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