I tried this game with my students today for the first time and they LOVED it! Originally, this game has nothing to do with words, but instead with numbers. The idea of using words instead of numbers suddenly came to me yesterday, so I tweaked a few things here and there and that’s how this game came about!
What you need:
– paper for each player
– one pen
How to play:
Tell your students to number their page from 1-25. The objective of the game is to write down 25 words that start with a certain letter of the alphabet. Here’s the twist, you can only write if you roll either a 1 or a 6. Otherwise, the dice goes around the table until someone rolls a 1 or 6, then they have to grab the pen from whoever has it and start writing down as many words as they can think of. The first person to get 25 words (spelled correctly!) wins! You can have anywhere from 3-8 people in a group. I like to keep it around 5-6. If you have a larger class, simply split them into groups of 5 or 6.
This game really forces them to think of all the words they know quickly because they don’t want someone to take their pen away. My students got a kick out of grabbing the pen from their friends – they were laughing so much, which is always a good sign that your game is a success!
If you’re wondering what the original version was, students had to write down as fast as they can numbers 1-100. The first person to get to 100 wins. That’s also a fun version, but I thought since this is an ESL class, why not throw in the alphabet? ;)