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Games and Activities or Elementary students

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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 9:17 pm    Post subject: Games and Activities or Elementary students Reply with quote

I have learned lots of games and hands-on activities for teaching High School foreign language students (French and Spanish). What are good games and activities for elementary ESL students?
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Sally Olsen

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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is an answer in this forum at the very top called a Sticky on Activities and Games.
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mgallen,

I use games and activities all the time with my elem and middle school students- I find there's no better way to motivate them. You can go to my website below and on the landing page is a free downloadable page of activities that you can use with your elementary students. Good Luck!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:48 am    Post subject: Games and activities for children Reply with quote

I have taught primarily around that age range. Here you'll find a number of ESL games and activities for teaching children.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:29 pm    Post subject: vocabulary games with little preparation Reply with quote

I teach mostly adults but they enjoy games as much as kids. Very Happy There are a few vocabulary games I often use to help them remember words, like Vocabulary Chains or Brainstorm. The best part, you can adjust them to any topic or level, and there's hardly any preparation time. I wrote about them in detail in an article on using games
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 5:24 am    Post subject: COLOUR WOLF, CHINESE WHISPERS Reply with quote

Hello there,
I teach English to the Japanese children (age 6-12). I am expected to develop only their listening and speaking skills. (Reading and writing come later- in the middle school )
I had to learn a lot of games for large and small classes.
My favourite one is COLOUR WOLF . It is good for revising colours or articles of clothing (or any vocabulary) Small group variant :
The wolf shouts out a colour. All the children wearing this colour are safe. The wolf has 10 seconds to catch the other kids who are not wearing the colour (or an item of clothing). Use a whistle to let the kids know when the time is up. The students caught become the wolves. If the wolf cannot catch anyone after 3 turns change them over.
Large group variant : The wolf stands at the front of the classroom facing the board, the other students stand up at their desks. The wolf shouts out the colour. All the children wearing it get eaten and sit down.
You can use any vocabulary and any structure for this game.
All students draw pictures of the vocabulary of your choice - food for example. The wolf mimes an action of eating and says I am eating an apple - all the kids who`ve chosen this card sit down.

Another good game for small and large classes is called Chinese Whispers. It is good to revise any vocabulary or language structure. Divide your class into groups and give each of them different messages to pass. For example , team A gets the phrase John does n`t like apples . to pass. One child starts of whispering the words to the person next to them
who whispers it in turn to the person next and so on. The last child speaks out loud the message.
The team who passes the message properly gets a point which
keeps the students motivated to do their best.
I `ve found these games on the website

Good luck ,

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favourite game at the moment is a team game played amongst eight to twelve children. You start by dividing the class in to two teams. I suppose it is a kind of relay race involving several different components. Speaking, writing, listening and grammar use are the basics you are trying to incorporate. To start with you have to place some of the vocabulary in to a balloon. Children love balloons. This is one of those great universal facts. So in total there are two students standing up. One with a balloon and one with a sticky ball.The first child pops the balloon – they are not allowed to use their hands or feet to pop it. They have to find the vocabulary word as is explodes and tell it to the next student who is waiting. This student then has to throw a sticky ball on to the correct flashcard on the board that corresponds to the vocab word and say it as they do so. For example if the vocab is ‘rubber bands’ there is a flashcard with some lovely colourful rubber bands on it. Once they have hit that the first student sitting down can start.The first child sitting down then has to say the entire grammar sentence or question that involves that vocabulary. If the word is ‘rubber bands’, the grammar question for that is “How many rubber bands do you have?”. Each child who is surplus to the game has to say the question until the last student says it and runs to the board to write the entire question – correctly – in to a box on the board. If they go over the edge of the box, minus points. It has to be legible. Classroom Games If I can’t read it then they have to write it again! This combines speaking, listening, writing and the grammar. And as children love popping balloons it is also a little bit fun. The mess can be quite bad but it’s okay because you can ask/tell the students to do it. Once the game has completed rotation everyone changes one place to the left or right until everyone has had a go. Sometimes one or two of the meeker children don’t want to pop the balloon but I guarantee there will be five people wanting to take their place.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:38 pm    Post subject: Games for beginners Reply with quote

When I had to lead several conversational elementary groups at an upper secondary school in the Czech Republic I used this book form: It was a very good source of inspiration. I found games and activities for each structure to revise and each language skill to practise. The students e.g. loved the shopping game where they created their own shops, laid out their goods, invented dialogues and once in a while the teacher called out which item was prohibited to buy. All students were particular enthusiastic about the snowball game where they threw questions wrapped into white paper at to each other and answered them. They loved it and the amount of practise - and fun - they got was much bigger than in an ordinary class.
Good luck. Heike
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