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This is a great game that I got from Minami Sensei in Oita. It's very simple
and is great to use part way through a lesson, e.g. in the weather theme
( http://genkienglish.net/weather.htm ) teach four words, then try this game, then the rest of the words and
then the song.
1. Everyone stands up.
2. Everyone says "What's the weather like?" ( or "How's the weather?" if you like, both are on the CD)
3. Everyone claps two times.
4. Everyone chooses one type of weather and whilst singing the line ( e.g. "It's rainy") they do the gesture.
5. If any of the kids have chosen the same weather as the teacher, they are out and sit down.
6. Repeat from 2 until all the kids are sat down.
You can use it with any of the themes, especially things like "How are you?" or "Animals" ( try asking "Do you have any pets?") or anything really. The kids probably already play the rock paper scissors version of this game with the teacher to choose who goes first in a class activities, so they pick it up really quickly.
by Dan Bradley
I've used this successfully with all my grades at elementary school. amazing
fun. But because some kids were getting carried away with the gestures
and not using any english, I introduced a "if you don't say the phrase
when you do the gesture you're out" rule. Suddenly all the kids were
shouting out the answers. Awesome. Also used this game just as successfully
with teaching How are you? phrases and gestures (I'm angry, I'm happy, etc). Cheers.
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