One of my FAVORITE games to play in class!! So versatile – can fit ANY topic/subject/classroom and there are SO MANY ways to play!
Here’s the basic game play: A student chooses a number, and you give the task based on the number (see below). The student that responds correctly has to choose GUÁRDALO (keep it) or PÁSALO (pass it), but they don’t know what’s under the black rectangle. Once they make the choice, you reveal the “points” – each star is one POSITIVE point; each check mark is one NEGATIVE point. There may be 1, 2 or 3 of each symbol. So if they keep 3 stars, they get 3 points. If they keep 3 checks, they lose 3 points. If they chose to PASS, the other team gets points or loses points, based on the symbols revealed.
A variety of options:
*You could play 2 teams (split the class in 1/2) – keep or pass to the other team. OR *you can play several teams (groups of 4) – keep or pass to a team of your choice (this gets interesting and keeps more students engaged).
*You can play so that they work as a group – or keep them in rows and each person works on his/her own for that group.
*You can play for 5 minutes and just do a few numbers, or you can play until you finish the board – vocab and verb forms go faster than translations and questions.
For the last question (when there a just a few minutes left – or maybe it’s a bonus #26 question) – I usually come up with something more challenging, let them work with their partners (if they weren’t before) and then I tell them I’m going to double or triple the points – depends on the scoreboard – try to keep it interesting so that even the underdogs could come back and win!!
*You can do it verbally or they can write on whiteboards.
*You can play as a race – first group with the answer wins OR to engage those that give up because they’re not fast, you can have every team eligible to win. In that case, I put team names on the front board. I give them all a few minutes to write their answers (especially if it’s translation or something more difficult). They raise their hands for me to check it. If it’s correct, I put a tally mark next to their team name. After a couple of minutes, every team who has a tally mark gets to choose GUÁRDALO o PÁSALO and I rearrange the tally marks as needed. Sometimes they all pass to one team which makes for an interesting twist – so when I reveal it’s 3 stars and the one team has 4 tally marks, that team wins 12 stars!
On SLIDE 1 - There are 25 boxes. Each box has a number and a black rectangle covering the checks or stars. The rest of the slides have the "question" followed by the "answer". You can use all slides to build in the questions OR just use slide 1 and have the questions in your head or on paper.
TO WORK THE PPT - you click on the BLACK BOX to take you to the “question” slide, then click anywhere to advance to the "answer" slide, then click on the STAR to go back home (Slide 1), then click on the NUMBER in the box to reveal the points.
If you're not using slides 2-51. Just click on the NUMBER in the box to reveal the points after the winner has decided whether to keep or pass the points!