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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Reading Relay

How to Play: This works great when the students have to read/memorize a text. Print out the text with missing words (it's best if it's the vocabulary words they need to know). The students work in pairs - one is the "writer" and one is the "reader". The reader (and only the reader!) can go... Continue Reading →

Snowball

How to Play: Have students write down a sentence (or a few sentences) on a piece of paper. Tell them to crumple it up into a ball. Divide the class in half (2 teams). Each team throws their "snowball" to the other side of the classroom. The goal is to have more snowballs on the... Continue Reading →

Sparkle

How to Play: This is a good game to play when the students have to read from their books. Designate an order for the students to be in. Students can read either one, two or three words from the text (they decide). When they come across a period/full-stop, they say "sparkle" - which means the person... Continue Reading →

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