Friday, 28 February 2014

Boys and girls - a speaking game/activity for young students

   I made this game to help my first and second graders learn to talk about people's names, age and mood (sad/happy). It's also a good way to revise colours and numbers (1-14), as well as practise making affirmative, negative and interrogative sentences using to be (am, is are) and different pronouns
   There are 14 boys, 14 girls and 7 sets of tockens. Here's an example of how to play:

 Spread the boy cards on the table and hide 7 pots with gold and 7 ghosts underneath. Your partner looks away so that he doesn't see where you place the tockens. He turns back when you're ready and describes one of the boys (He is red and happy. What's his name? How old is he?) You answer the questions, pick up the card and put it away. Your partner gets the tocken hidden under it.  Then he chooses 6 more boys and you both follow the same pattern again. The aim of the game is to get as many pots with gold as possible. Once your partner has chosen 7 boys, then it's your turn to guess. In the end, you compare the number of pots with gold you've got and find out who the winner is.

This is only one of many possible variations. You can use other tockens as well, or only one of them (put it under one of the boys/girls cards and let your partner guess the card you've chosen - asking questions, of course). The Easter eggs could be used for Egg Hunting game. Children can also practise spelling the names on the cards, thus revising the alphabet. You can practise using have got/has got, possessive pronouns (my/her/his/their etc.) Just use your imagination :-)