The Big Challenge
My room vocabulary
Wordshake (British Council)
Concentration (British Council)
Comparatives (British Council)
1. Pronunciation of /s/ /z/ or /Iz/: There are three teams. One person from each team goes to the blackboard. On the blackboard there is a table with the three types of pronunciation. The teacher says one verb in present simple third person singular. The first student to put his hand in the correct part of the table wins. The first team to get 5 / 10 points is the winner.
2. Use of present simple – questions: Each student writes a story about an animal (e.x. an elephant) telling where it/he/she lives (e.x. in Boadilla’s Mount), what he does (e.x. he cleans people’s cars with its trunk), how old it is (125 years old), the friends he has (a mouse and a cat), the children it has (5)…
When they finish their story, one of them stands up and starts reading it. The others have to ask as many questions as possible using DO / DOES.
3. Use of past simple and past continuous – Writing a story. (Used by Sylvia Ordeman in 1 Bachillerato). Link to pictures.
The listening part comes first:
- Ask the students to draw the face of a person in the top right-hand corner of the page.
- Once they’ve done this ask them to give the person a name.
- Then on the top left of the page ask them to write five adjectives to describe the person’s appearance.
- Next ask them to write five more adjectives to describe the person’s character.
- After they’ve done this ask the students to write three things that the person likes doing.
- Then ask them to write who the person lives with.
In this way they build up a character profile for the person they are going to write about.
The writing part:
- Now dictate the following sentence to your students: ‘It was a dark and stormy night and’. Stop at this point and ask them to write in the name of the person they have drawn and followed by the word ‘was’.
- Then ask the students to complete the sentence from their imagination and add one more sentence.
- Once all the students have added a sentence to their stories, get them to stop and pass the paper to the pair on their right (this means that every pair of students now has a new character).
- The students then read through the information and the beginning of the story and then add one more sentence to it.
- Once they’ve done this you ask them once more to pass the paper to the next pair on their right. Continue to do this with each pair of students adding a sentence to each story, gradually building up each story as the papers are passed around the class.
- Continue with this until you decide that the students are starting to lose interest or have written enough and then tell them to finish the story.
- Once all the stories are complete there are a number of follow-up options you can try.
- Put the stories up around the class and get the students to read them all and decide which is best.
- Give each pair of students a story and get them to try to find and correct errors.
- Get the students to write the stories up on a computer and then ask them to add more description and detail to the stories.
4. Vocabulary – Scattergories:
In this game all the students will battle individually! Prepare 6 lists (so there can be 6 rounds), each with 6 categories. The teacher will randomly draw a letter using a special dice or slices of paper with the ABC. The students´ job is to write an answer to each category. Each word must start with the selected letter. There will be a new letter for each round. Also, in order to receive a point for your word, you must be the only one with that answer. Being unique and original are key in this game. The winner is the one with the most points at the end of the 6 rounds. The number of rounds obviously can be reduced depending how much time you have for this game. These are some of the lists…
5. Vocabulary – Describing words
Students revise the vocabulary they’ve studied and write some of it on the blackboard.
Split the class into two teams. One student of each team stands one meter away from the blackboard with a fly swatter. Someone (a teacher or another student) gives a definition of the word. The first student to touch the right word with the fly swatter wins!
6. Vocabulary – Bingo
A fun activity to practice all the vocabulary you want. This site is interesting!