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Engage your students as they review common idiomatic expressions with this fun game. In four rounds with progressing difficulty, students identify and write the meaning of common idioms. Whether your students are native English speakers or English language learners (ELLs), this game will give them a better understanding of the figurative meanings of many idioms. Students compete to shoot baskets into your classroom trash can! All that you will need to play is the ability to project this Power Point presentation, a soft ball, some dark tape, and a trash can.
This activity is effective for guided practice after the included idioms (which are editable) have already been introduced, and the game can be followed by independent practice.
Included idioms follow:
1. Hang in there
2. Miss the boat
3. A dime a dozen
4. Under the weather
5. Bite the bullet
6. Get out of hand
7. Pull someone’s leg
8. Frog in your throat
9. It’s not rocket science.
10. We’ll cross that bridge when it comes.
11. Break the ice
12. A perfect storm
13. Costs an arm and a leg
14. Take a rain check
15. Hit the sack
16. Once in a blue moon
17. The elephant in the room
18. On a wild goose chase
19. Kill two birds with one stone
20. He’s a chip off of the old block.
This Power Point presentation includes the following:
-game rules for students
Brain-based research shows that students often learn best when they can move, and this activity motivates students further by tapping into their love of sports. Using heterogeneous groups to play a game with friendly competition is an excellent way to meet the needs of all of your students and reward them for their success.
Want an activity to review idioms that requires students to write their own sentences? This advanced game may be what you need:
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