|junior high school first year & second year||To build students' confidence in their writing skills, and develop their vocab through a 'brainstorm'-type activity. Speaking skills can also be targeted.||none||10 mins||Chalk, a blackboard, and students.|
This game needs little explanation, as most students already know its Japanese form. Surprisingly few teachers ever think of using it, so its suggestion as a time filler at the end of a lesson may come as a pleasant, even welcome, surprise to them. The rules are simple: start by writing any English word on the board. The next student must then write a new word using the last letter of the previous word. Each new contestant must write a new word beginning with the last letter of the previous word until the umpire (YOU) calls "time".
There are many ways to play the game, but the best way may be for each row to work as a team and have the teams compete in relay fashion. The baton is a piece of chalk, which is passed from one student to the next after each has written their word. Divide the board into 5, 6 or 7 (depending on classroom layout and student attendance) sections, and write the name of each team at the top of each. The students must run to their section (one from each team at a time), write an appropriate word, and then run back and pass the chalk to the next person in the row. This continues, with the last person passing the chalk to the first person and the 1st to the 2nd etc., until the referee calls "time over", and then scores each team. Award 1 point for every three letters of a word, e.g., 'grandfathers' scores 4 points. Incorrect spelling or abbreviations (USA is not a word) score zero. The team with the most points wins. Play two rounds and merge scores. Students can use their texts or dictionaries for reference, but may not take them to the board with them. Team members calling directions in English is not just permitted, but should be encouraged, as it's good listening and speaking practice.
See also Sentence Shiritori
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