Circle the Word Game
|junior high school second year to third year||Text review and listening practice. Good warm up game.||any||20-25 mins||Blackboard and different coloured chalk.|
Kawaiso chugakusei! Not only must they learn grammar, grammar, and more grammar in the often stale classroom environment, but often they are required to memorise the text as well. This activity makes memorisation more fun. Each row is a team; words from the text are written on the blackboard. Read the text aloud, occasionally saying 'Blank' in place of a word. One student from each row races to the board and circles the word you 'Blanked'. First to do so scores their team a point.
Before the class, go through the target text and circle important words. If you are covering one page of text, circle one word in every sentence, but for more use every other sentence or you'll spend too much time on this. When you write your words on the board, write as many copies of the same words as there are groups so that slower students have to get out of their seats and circle something. You might want to add a few red herring words to make the activity more challenging for better students. Different tenses, wacky words, words with slight spelling aberrations, all can add to the mayhem of learning and enjoying it.
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