How It Works:
*adapt these according to your style and class*
1. Form your class into teams.
2. Elicit capital cities (or any other themed words)
3. Write a chosen city name vertically from top to bottom on the board for each team.
4. Have the students come up with words beginning with each letter.
5. Award points however you see fit... but make it be known before you start the game
6. Take the rest of the game wherever you want for your class.
State Rules Before - Create clear rules and state them clearly before the game starts. If not, chaos will ensue.
Options - After the first round of writing words, build vocabulary with more rounds of work (writing sentences using the words, writing word families for the words they can - ex. Relate -> Relationship)
Award Points - This is magic. Awarding points for each task will get the students enthused and actually trying during the game.
Maintain Control - Have the students remain seated in their groups until they have the marker/chalk to avoid everybody crowded around the board yelling and fighting for the marker the whole time.
Easter Egg Lessons:
Teamwork - Once the students settle in their teams, most of the time, they will work well together to try to win.
Capital Cities - Someone will usually say at least one capital city that other students (or possibly you) won't know. Embrace that!
Learn More About Your Students - In one of my classes, a student insisted on me writing Astana. He eventually said that it was the capital of his birth country.
What else can you find?
If you're looking for a small project for your students to create something positive, here is a game that was inspired by a video called What You Believe Becomes Reality on The Future YouTube Channel. (Click the and watch the video with your students if they need more examples.)
This would be especially helpful and useful for TEENS. You will love what they create!
· In groups (or individual), choose 8 negative words to convert into a positive meaning.
· Choose one to make a poster.
· Students make their poster.
· Students present and hang on the wall.
· Class Vote
· Top group wins ¼ of a day’s wage.
· Give some examples for the WARMER. (ex. impossible, no, pain, etc.)
· Walk around to help the students during their creative work
· Make a “finish date” for the project (give around 1 or 2 classes)
Good luck! Let me know how it works for you and if you have any special touches that I can try in my classes:
Name:___________________________ Class: __________________________
PART I: Negative Words
Brainstorm as many negative words as you can in 2 minutes.
PART II: Convert
Turn these negative words into positive words or meanings. Look at the examples for ideas.
Impossible -> I’m possible
No -> Next Opportunity
Make Your Own:
PART III: Brainstorm
Write Ideas you and your group come up with.
PART IV: Rough Draft
Test and practice the best ideas for your poster.
Language ____/10 - Is the message inverted well?
Creativity ____/10 - Are the words and the style appropriate for the message?
Presentation____/10- Is my project visually pleasing to the eye?
Have more time.