We had a great time today playing the game “The Copier” recommended to me by Kristy Placido via Cindy Hitz!
We had just read chapter 4 of the novel and students are starting to be familiar with some of the key topical vocabulary words in the novel. In our version of the game we:
- Broke into groups of 6 (in one class I had a group of 7 and one a group of 5 but 6 worked for most groups!)
- Each student had a personal white board and marker.
- I wrote a list of 8 key words and phrases on the board (el aviario, una jaula, el desayuno, cuidaba, pueden volar, cuenta un chiste, las aves, cortaron).
- Groups were instructed that they should start with the first word (el aviario) and write a sentence of at least 6 words on their white boards. The trick is that EVERY board has to be identical. If they have a typo, they don’t get to advance to the next word! I also gave them hints about errors like “birds are feminine” or “the cat isn’t a they”… When all were correct AND the same, they could advance to the next word.
- The first team to complete all 8 words was the winner. The other teams received a point for every word they had completed. In one class, the first place team got to sit in the lounge during channel 1, in another they got to leave first… all depended on the timing of the class period!
This game was a lot of fun, it was a great way to review the action of the chapter and it was an easy pop up grammar lesson for students (level 2) who are into the intermediate zone and are ready to polish more!