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December 2004

Welcome to December! Here are some cool game ideas to go along with the Christmas Theme on the site! Enjoy!

Pin the nose on Rudolph

John in Osaka came up with this "life saving" twist on an old classic!

1. You draw up to 4 reindeer on the board ( depends on the number of kids )
2. Put the kids in groups
3. They do Rock, Paper, Scissors in each group to see who gets blindfolded.
4. The teacher says "Go!"
5. The other kids direct the blindfold kid "up, down, left, right" etc. to put the nose on the reindeer in the right place
6. See who gets the closest!

A nice seasonal twist to the game!

Boat Race Game

This is a great game from Jacq that uses the Genki English mini-cards ( http://genkienglish.net/minicards.htm ) - or any other mini cards you happen to have lying around!

1. Split the kids into groups
2. Put them in lines
3. Spread out a set of mini cards in front of each line.
4. The kids ask a question in unison and the teacher answers.
5. The front kid from each line picks up the card that has the answer.
6. They pass it to the person behind them, but they also have to say the word!
7. When the card gets to the back person, they race to the front and tell the name of the card to the teacher! Fastest is the winner!
8. The kids who ran to the front now join the front of their line, everyone shuffles back and you repeat from 4.

Jacq says the game can be used either standing up or sitting down, or with hands on heads for the cheaters out there!!
Great for Christmas parties!

Game Show Buzzer

If you play "Quiz Show" style games ( great for end of year reviews!), then how about this little page that works like a game show buzzer. One player has their finger on the "A" key, one on the "M" key and the computer flashes to show which one pressed the button first!

Gingerbread Man - Play?

The Discussion Board has been alive with loads of great questions, discussions and ideas this month ( http://genkienglish.net/discussion.mv ) . One of the great threads that came up was about the "Gingerbread Man" story:
I didn't actually know there was a story of the "Gingerbread Man", but it's just at the right level to use in an elementary school class, with lots of repeated phrases and this site below has the story and some nice images:

And here are some extra gingerbready style ideas:

And Finally,

All the Christmas decorations are up on the site, including the full "Genki English" theme with photos, picture cards and "Reindeer Race Game", http://genkienglish.net/christmassong.htm
And the discussion board has lots of great threads on there, so come on over and join the fun!

As a Christmas Present I've also uploaded two of my previous band's Christmas songs, nothing to do with English teaching, but thought you might like them!

Oh, and there are some great new Japan 2005 Calendars on the GenkiJapan.net site, great as Christmas presents!

Thanks to everyone for sharing all their great ideas!

Oh, and stay tuned for next month and a big new announcement!

Have a very, very Genki Holiday Season!


Richard J. Graham
Primary School English Games, Songs and Activities
Email: newsletter@genkienglish.net

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