All over the world, in every culture and country, children play games. While these games may vary from place to place, you will still recognize them in one form or another. The following lesson idea aims at encouraging speaking in the context of games and game instructions.
It comes with a PowerPoint game ready to use in your classroom!
Aimed at: Young learners/young adults
Aims: To encourage speaking in the context of games and giving game instructions/To encourage group work and promote interaction/To increase students´motivation
Time: +/- 60 minutes
Materials: Overhead projector/Power Point Presentation (with game instructions):
1. Ask your students to work in small groups and think about what all children have in common, no matter which culture or country they come from. When students answer “play” or “games” ask them if they can remember which games they used to play when they were young. Ask them to organize the games under the following categories:
Have their ideas listed on the board and add some of your own ideas to their lists. At the end of this activity you should have something similar to this on the board:
+/- 15 min
2. Describing how games are played. Ask your students what language they would use to describe how the game is played. Have their ideas listed on the board and add some of your own ideas to their lists. At the end of this activity you should have something similar to this on the board:
You can use these words to describe how the game is played:
Firstly, secondly, next, then… You have to… You play with…(your hands)
You must… To win, you have to… You are not allowed to..
It’s your turn / You’re up A deck of cards Pick a card
Deal out the cards Shuffle the cards
We don’t use the jokers in this card game Spades, Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts
Jack, Queen, King, Ace
Move forward three spaces Go back three space Throw / roll the dice
Skip a turn It´s your turn!
+/- 15 min
3. Guess the game. Divide your students into groups and have each group describe how to play a game (Ask them to choose a game from the first activity. You could also let them use Google – giving game instructions might be confusing even in your native language!). The other groups have to try to guess what game it is. Start with an example:
Firstly, each player gets a specific amount of money.
Secondly, they roll dice to decide who goes first.
Next, they roll dice to determine how many spaces they move on the board
Then, when a player lands on a property, he/she can buy it.
To win, you must have an effective strategy (e.g. buy everything you land on) and a little bit of luck!
+/- 15 min
4. Let´s play a game: Trivia Mix up – Get your numbers in order! ( You can easily find it on eBay if you would like to use the original game and it´s not pricey :-D):
Tell your students that they will now play a Trivia Mix up game. Explain that the aim of the game is to score the most points by knowing numbers and Trivia. There are 3 games to play in the original Trivia. They will play a variation called The Nearest Number.
I have prepared 20 Power Point questions to use with my students. Feel free to add more!
Power Point to use (with game instructions):
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