Play with your students this board game to practise the verb CAN. Students play the game and practice the grammar.
Recently my colleague noticed that our textbook contains too few exercises to practise the verb HAVE GOT. To bridge this gap I decided to create a board game. A board game will allow my students practise the grammar in a fun way and this activity can be used repeatedly.(more…)
I love playing games with my students. They lower students’ anxiety and they give them a chance to practise the language. Moreover, in a game mistakes are welcome, and students find it easier to concentrate and perservere. Therefore, a well designed game supports the learners’ growth mindset and is better than a lot of worksheets.
In this post, I would like to share a board game which I created for my students to practise the passive voice. Before I play the game with my students I teach the passive voice using the activities here. Once I feel that my students understand the grammar, we play the following board game.
Passive voice game
Printing the game, you will need to print three times as many pages two as pages one. Thus if you need the game for three groups, you will print the page 2 three times and the page 1 once. Moreover, you will need a dice for each group of students.
My students usually play the game in groups of three or four. Each of the students should take a counter that will represent him or her in the game. They place the counter on the START and throw the dice. They move their counter, read the sentence and transform it into the passive voice. The others listen carefully and check their answers using the key from the page 1. If the student forms the sentence correct, they may stay in the place where they landed. If they form the sentence incorrectly, they must return to the place where they started their move.
The student who gets to the end first is the winner.
I hope your students will enjoy the game as much as my students did.
Irregular verbs in English are very important for students to learn. These verbs belong among the most frequent words in English and if you want to speak about your experience you cannot do without them. Therefore it is extremely important to give a lot of time to teaching and learning these verbs.
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To make the learning easier, teachers should offer interesting and fun activities. At www.engames.eu you can find a lot of activities to teach the irregular verbs. For example:
All of the activities above will make teaching and learning the irregular verbs easier.
I have already published many activities but this time I come with something new.A board game. The game is called Catch me!(if you can). The rules are simple and the preparation time is low. The game is fun and students have to produce all the irregular verbs.
Catch me!! – resources
To play this game, you need to print the game and the key for each group of students.
And you can print the game from the pdf file.
Irregular verbs board game – rules
This game is for up to five players. To play the game, each student needs a counter. Each group needs the game and a key.
Each player places their counter on one of the coloured squares. If there are just two players they place their counters on the pink squares. If there are three players they place their counters on the blue squares and when there are 4 players, they place their counters on the blue squares. If there are five players, one of the players is a referee.
Students decide who will start. The last player takes the key and serves as a referee for the first move.
The player one moves counterclockwise and he/she has to say the past tense and the past participle of the verb in the square in front of him. If he or she does this correctly (the referee decides), he/she moves to this square. The player goes on like this till he/she makes a mistake. Once they make a mistake, the referee tells the player the correct answers and the player stops on the square in front of the square with the verb he/she did not know.
Player one now takes the key and player two tries to move on in the same way. Players take turns after they make a mistake.
The aim of the game is to catch the others. Once a player gets to a square someone is standing on, they catch the player and take them out of the game.
You can change the aim and say that the winner is the student who returns to the square where they started first.
Irregular verbs – other resources
You can find more interesting activities at British Council site.
And of course there is the wonderful song by my friend Jason.
Halloween is coming, and it would be nice if we had a set of fresh activities for this occasion. Children remember everything, and it is pretty embarrassing when you recycle something and the children shout out- “I know this!!! We’ve already done it.” Or, “My sister told me that you did this last year with her.” To help you out a bit, here is a set of new activities for Halloween.
In this post you can find a colouring activity for young learners, a new song with lyrics and a Halloween board game. I hope your Halloween lesson goes well.
Halloween activities – song
You can do several things with this song. First, you can ask the students to watch the video and sing along.
Second, you can print the following worksheet and ask the students to listen and complete the lyrics. Play the recording at least twice.
Third, especially with young learners, ask the students to do some physical activity whenever they hear the word “Halloween”.
Spooky kooky Halloween
Creepy freaky Halloween
Witches’ broomsticks fill the sky
While zombies rise from graveyards
Such a gruesome sight on Halloween night
Better hope you don’t die of fright!
Moans and groans to chill your bones
A werewolf howls at the full moon
Banshees add to the hullabaloo
You know there’s room in my coffin for two!
The room goes cold
Something slithers in the shadows
Better shut your eyes
You’re in for a surprise
Soon you won’t fear a thing
Halloween activities – rap
My friend Jason -better known as Fluency MC– has created the following rap song.
I like it and that is why I created the following activities:
First students listen and complete the following worksheet with the lyrics.
Then ask the students to complete the following mind map with the words from the lyrics. If you teach a group of advanced students you can skip the first step and ask them to listen and complete the mind map:
At the end of the activity you can display the following questions and ask your students to work in pairs and ask and answer the questions.
- What are you going to do on Halloween night?
- What are you going to be?
- Where are you going to go?
- What are you going to wear?
Halloween activities – vocabulary activities
The lyrics above contain a lot of words connected with Halloween. It might be a good idea to exploit them.
Print the following mind map and ask the students to complete it with the words from the song.
Halloween activities – present simple questions
Here is a speaking activity for elementary students. Print the worksheet and hand out the tables.
Students work in pairs or in groups of three. If they work in pairs cut the first page and give each student one of the tables.
If they work in groups of three print page two and cut the paper in three and hand them out.
Students must not look into their partner’s worksheet. They ask questions in present simple and complete their tables.
They must speak English all the time.
Halloween activities – colouring activity
Young learners of English like to colour. However, every colouring activity should be educational. In the following activity students will practise colours and parts of body.
First, print the worksheet. There are two pages. Students should work in pairs, and within each pair the students should have different worksheets.
Check that the children remember the colours and parts of the body, and ask them to colour the pictures according to the instructions.
Halloween activities – board game
In the following game students should practise their speaking and Halloween vocabulary. The rules are simple.
- Students should play in groups of three or four.
- Students place their tokens wherever they like in the haunted house. They throw the dice and move in one direction. They can change direction only at a crossroads or at the end of a corridor.
- The aim of the game is to collect as many ghosts as possible.
- If they land on a ghost, they get a card with a ghost.
- If they land on a TREAT or TRICK, they draw a card.
- TREAT cards contain a task the students have to do (usually telling a story.) At the end of each TREAT card there is a REWARD section which states the maximum number of ghosts the student can get. The other students listen and then decide how many ghosts the student deserves.
- A TRICK card just says whether the student receives or loses some number of ghosts.
- Set a time limit (15 minutes should be fine), and finish the game.
The picture of the time was purchased at DREAMSTIME.com