Bundled here are four grammar games to make reviewing fun. Save when you buy the bundle, a $7.00 value for $5.50. All these products are also sold separately.
THE TEACHER SAYS – Irregular Past Tense Verb Game ($1.50)
Subject: ELA, Intermediate ESL
Level: ELA 2nd grade, ESL 2nd – 9th
Time: About 30 minutes – depends on class size (number of times sentences repeated)
Students repeat sentences, filling in the "blank" trying to "match" the teacher response. They will score one point if they match the teacher. When all students have written down a word, each student quickly says the sentence with their word choice. Then, the teacher repeats the sentence with his or her word choice: “I ate an apple.” (name a fruit)
Verbs covered in these 20 sentences: ate, said, saw, bought, brought, made, drank, took, slept, came, did, met, wrote, gave, swam, sang, sat, ran, had, drew.
Student worksheet (which repeats the sentences used in the game) included for written work after the game. Game sentences hold answer key for worksheet.
THE TEACHER SAYS – (verbs ending in –ed game) ($1.50)
This game is similar to the one above.
Subject: ELA, ESL
Level: ELA 2nd – 3rd, Intermediate ESL 2nd – 9th
Time: About 30 minutes –depends on class size (# of times sentences are repeated)
Verbs covered in this exercise: dragged, kicked, cried, shouted, robbed, snowed, needed, worked, refused, helped, handed, wanted, lived, loaned, washed, planted, played, invited, added, watched, chopped.
“Yikes!” shouted the boy as he fell off the __.(a thing)
She refused to eat _____. (a vegetable)
INDEFINITE ARTICLES – “A” or “An” Game ($2.00)
Subject: ESL, ELA
Level: ESL, ELA 3rd – 5th (upper levels as needed)
Time: 20 to 25 minutes (play two hands of game + worksheet)
Do your students suffer from “A or An” confusion? A unicorn but an uncle? A house but an hour? An R.N., an M.D., a DVD. . . End the confusion with this card game for two to five players.
Shuffle up the 59 word cards and deal them out, giving 8 cards to each player. Place the two category cards (a ?, an ?) in the middle of the table. Each player reads his word to the group and then tries to place it under the correct article card, “a or an”, repeating the article and the noun. The rest of the players must tell him if it is correct or not before play passes to the next player. If correct, players signal with a “thumbs up” gesture. If it’s wrong, players signal with a “thumbs down” gesture and whisper or say quietly: “I think that’s an error.” Then the player or players who gestured “thumbs down” must explain what the correct answer should be. If determined that the answer is indeed incorrect, the player must take the card back. To win, a player must rid his hand of all cards.
THEY'RE PLAYING MY GAME (their, they’re, there) ($2.00)
Subject: ESL, ELA
Level: ESL, ELA 3rd – 5th grade (upper levels as needed)
Time: 30 minutes (play two hands of game, write game sentences, worksheet)
Drill, review or test with these game cards. In the game, players respond with a handclap or "Hmm. . .I think there's a mistake there."
Practice the dialog with students first, using expression and intonation. Remind them that this dialog uses "there" in two ways. “There . . . that’s my answer.” (a place –Where? –There.) “Hmm. . .I think there’s a mistake there.” ("there" referring to the existence of a mistake and "there" referring to where). Make sure students are clapping once to indicate a correct answer. Students can take their time clapping or responding. This helps keep every player engaged. Every player must give a response before play continues to the next player. To win a player must rid his hand of all cards. If a mistake is made, he takes his card back.
The second time your students play this game, have them create a few of their own sentences (in pencil) on the blank card forms to add to the game cards.