This fast-paced game makes a good back to school or end of year review for ESL students. The pressure’s on as a player has only one minute to give clues (verbally or with gestures), hoping his team can guess the list of 6 words in a set category. Vocabulary targeted in this game: verbs, clothing, foods, animals, professions, places, feelings, transportation, sports and more. Targets multiple intelligences: bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal and linguistic.
Subject: Intermediate ESL
Time: 50 minutes
To play this game, divide your class into two teams, A and B. Call on a volunteer from Team A to draw a card. He or she will tell his team what the category is. Several guesses can be made but clues must first be given. In other words, students can’t just start guessing once they hear the category – they must wait and respond to clues. If a team is having trouble guessing a word, player may skip to the next word. A point is scored for each correct guess. No point is scored if the student giving clues mentions the word on the list in any language.
Things you do on vacation (verbs)
1. to fly in an airplane (You do this to get from New York to London.)
2. to take pictures (act it out)
3. to sleep (act it out)
4. to eat (in a restaurant) (“Waitress, will you bring me more bread,
5. to swim (You might do this in the ocean.)
6. to play baseball (act it out)
Also included is a one page worksheet where students figure out the connection between a list of words. Example: brother, cousin, mom (family).