First Day of Class Activities

School has probably started for most, but over here in the Spain-Auxiliar World, we've got one more week of vacation! Which means it's time to start planning First Day activities to kick off the new year. Usually, I would go through a quick PowerPoint with my students introducing myself - where I'm from, a few hobbies, pictures... Continue Reading →

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Handshake Killer

How to Play: This fun ice breaker game is great for large groups. First, give the class a few questions they can ask each other - "How was your weekend/summer?" "What's your favorite _____?" "When's your birthday?" etc. Then, explain the game: The teacher will secretly choose one person to be the "killer". Everybody will walk... Continue Reading →

Catch Phrase

How to Play: Just like the board game! Students are divided into teams. Write vocabulary words on separate pieces of paper (or have the students write them). One student begins by choosing one paper and describing the word (without say any part of the word or pointing to anything or making any gestures) to their... Continue Reading →

Tongue Twister Challenge

How to Play: There are a few ways you can play with tongue twisters in class. Usually, I'll teach the students one, allow them to practice on their own, and then in teams they must recite the tongue twister as many times as possible (you can have one person per team go each round, or... Continue Reading →

How to Carry Out Successful Class Games

Organization is key: If the students don't understand the game, it won't be fun. Be sure to explain all of the rules, the objective of the game and how to win. Demonstrate with 2 or 3 students before beginning.  For a lot of games, I number students from first to last on each team (usually based... Continue Reading →

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Board Races

How to Play: There are many ways to have board races and students will always have a blast playing them. The main premise is similar to the game "Snake". Divide students into teams (no more than 4) and number each person on the team to designate a first-last order (once students reach the last person,... Continue Reading →

Hit the Deck

How to Play: This is a fun camp-like game that works well with younger students (especially during gym class). Teach students a series of moves: "Hit the Deck": lay face down, flat on the floor "Pirate": one leg bent (peg leg), one hand over your eye (eye patch) and other arm curled onto your shoulder... Continue Reading →

Poker Face

How to Play: This game has a bunch of different variations (and definitely has different names that I can't remember). The main premise is that the students sit in a circle and one student gets questioned by the others. One way you can play is that the student has to answer the questions but if... Continue Reading →

Going to the Moon

How to Play: This game is about guessing a pattern or rule. In a small group (3-8 students is best), the teacher tells them that they're going to the moon. The teacher comes up with a pattern, for example, things that are yellow. So the teacher says "I'm going to the moon and I'm taking a... Continue Reading →

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