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Engage your students as they review common idiomatic expressions with this fun game. Students begin by simply identifying and writing the meaning of the idioms. But in rounds three and four, the rigor increases as students must write correct sentences using the 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.
In between rounds, 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. Curiosity killed the cat.
2. Don’t beat a dead horse.
3. It takes two to tango.
4. Let sleeping dogs lie.
5. Out of the frying pan and into the fire
6. At the drop of a hat
7. Best thing since sliced bread
8. Burn the midnight oil
9. Jump on the bandwagon
10. Every cloud has a silver lining.
11. Hot potato
12. Piece of cake
13. Take it with a grain of salt
14. In the same boat
15. Comparing apples and oranges
16. Fit as a fiddle
17. Like two peas in a pod
18. On cloud nine
19. The last straw
20. Hit the nail on the head
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.
Please note that this is the second game in my idioms Trashketball game series. If you would prefer a less rigorous game, please click the link below:
Do you teach other grammar and language concepts? Then here are additional trashketball games that may interest you:
And, you may be interested in these games to review classic literature:
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