This game is designed to help your students build conversational skills such as topic maintenance and turn-taking. You can use the ice cream scoops to build a conversation. First, choose a topic on one of the cherry cards or make up a topic of your own. The topics on the cherry cards are general so that you can have many different conversations about the same topic. Then, get an ice cream cone to build your conversation on. Each student needs to choose a color of ice cream scoops. The first student chooses an ice cream scoop with an appropriate conversation act (for example, making a comment or asking a question). The first student puts their ice cream scoop on top of the cone. The next student chooses an ice cream scoop that is an appropriate response to the first student’s utterance, and puts it on top of the cone. Continue taking conversational turns and building your ice cream cone until the conversation is completed.
In this download, there are 4 different colors of ice cream scoops so that up to 4 people can participate in the conversation. There are 32 scoops for each color. The first 16 scoops are beginner level conversation acts that are more general. They include introducing a conversation, making comments, asking questions, answering questions, changing topics, and ending the conversation. The next 16 scoops are more complex and specific conversation acts. They include asking for a partner’s opinion, agreeing, disagreeing, conversation repair, and sharing new information. You can choose which conversation acts you want to use to customize this activity to your students.
All graphics from www.scrappindoodles.com and www.mycutegraphics.com
Activity created by Lauren Laur, http://expresslyspeaking.wordpress.com