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?
This activity is a great thing to do as a lesson opener or warmer in a topical lesson or to build your students' vocabulary.
· If you have the image on a whiteboard, give a couple students a marker and ask them to write the word on the photo, and then hand the marker to another person.
· Each time the students say an item, ask them where it is. (Practice describing position and location)
· This would work as an introduction to a topical lesson. (ex. at the beach, in the office, etc.)
· The simple question, “Where is the _____?” is very useful in this activity.
· Increase your connection with the students and use your real photos.
Good luck! Let me know how it worksfor you and if you have any special touches that I can try in my classes:
Easter Egg Lessons
Community - If you use real photos, and then ask them to contribute some of their photos to do this on a regular basis, the students will be more interested because they're taking a peek into each others' lives.
What else can you find?
If you've never actually played Stop The Bus in your PRE-TEEN and TEEN classes, you're doing yourself a disservice. This can also be a lot of fun for INTERMEDIATE ADULT classes. Your students will have to think quick because they're racing against each other to think of spontaneous English words.
It might be a good idea to remind them to remember and use their vocabulary section of their notebooks. Any rules or parameters you give to include things you've learned in your classes would make this game even more productive.
food | jobs | animals | phrasal verbs | adjectives | transportation
· Choose a letter for the class to use
· Students write a word in each column that begins with that letter.
· The first person who finishes yells, "Stop the bus!" and everyone has to stop writing.
· 5 points for shared answers; 10 points for unique answers
· I like to add some "English" categories like phrasal verbs or adjectives.
· This works for classes and 1-on-1 students.
· In 1-on-1 lessons, the student goes against you. (Don't be surprised if you student does better than you!)
Easter Egg Lessons:
Thinking Under Pressure - If you ever play this game with co-workers or students, you'll know what kind of pressure this game offers. You'll find it's difficult to think of a profession that begins with P when you're in the game. Our students are practicing the skill of thinking under pressure.
Losing - The truth is, most of your students will lose this game. It's an important skill to know how to lose, and to know that it's not the end of the world. Some of your classes will get very competitive. Losing is an important skill to learn in order to know how to win.
More Words - Many of the students will lose because they missed some of the obvious words that they didn't know that they know. They will end up learning words that they don't even realize that they're learning them... but you'll be able to observe this.
What else can you think of?
Have more time.