I had to come to work this week and teach for 3 days despite exams having already taken place. Since it’s the last week for the semester and it’s wedged between two long (3 and 4 week) holidays, I decided to play a game in my regular classes.
I created a game borrowing heavily from Kings (a drinking game) and many other party type games. I figure if a bunch of drunk college kids can play this game, middle schoolers shouldn’t have a problem. It’s worked pretty well for me in 8 classes, even in the lower level classes.
Basically, you’ve got a deck of cards where each card designates a task. A member of a team picks a card and if they perform the task, the team gets a point.
Here are the tasks I had.
2- Animal sounds (Because animal sounds are different in English and Korean, I do the English sound and they tell me the animal.)
3- What time is it? (Take the clock off the wall, set it to something simple and get the student to tell you what time it is.)
4- Charades (I have a list of words they learn through out the semester. I pick one and get the student to act it out while their teammates try to guess what it is.)
5- Categories (I give them a category like foods, colours, animals or things in a school and each member of the team give me one related English word.)
6- Pictionary (Simple enough. Pick a word from a list of words they know and get the team to guess what their team member is drawing.)
7- 7 game (They count with one number each, but when it’s a number containing “7” or a multiple of 7, they need to say “next”) this was a little hard so I changed it to Colours, a game where I just point to something and get them to tell me what colour it is.
8- Mixed Word (Take a word from the list of words they know, mix up the letter and give them a minute to figure it out and spell it.)
9- Teacher Questions (This one is just for my own vanity. I ask them dumb questions about me. Things like “Who is more handsome, me or every member of Big Bang put together” or “Do I think Hyori Lee is beautiful or old?”. The answers are fairly obvious, but it gets a good laugh from the class)
10- Body parts (Point to a body part and ask what it is.)
J- Simon Says (This is harder to explain that I thought it would be, so I changed it.) Directions (Get everyone to close their eyes, say a direction. Give a point to the team with the most correct.)
Q- Rock Paper Scissors (I was running out of game at this point. Get them to play RPS again a member of another team for a point.)
K- What’s This? (Point to something and get them to say what it is in English.)
A- Free Point!
Joker – Lose your turn
Every kind of card has an attribute too.
Heart – Student that picks the card plays the game.
Diamond – Student next to the picker plays the game.
Club – Picker chooses which student will play the game.
Spade – Teacher chooses which student will play the game.
Of course, you can always change what cards do what based on your ideas. It’s not a brilliant game, but it’s fun and easy. Let me know if you have any comments or improvements!