Recognizing phrasal verbs is difficult for my ELLs, and knowing what they mean even more so. I decided to try out this game to help them practice, and they LOVED it!
1. Decide how many rounds you want to play, take that number and multiply it by the number of students you have, then divide by three—that’s how many copies of the recording sheets you’ll need. Or just print off a bunch of them and cut them on the lines.
2. Then you need to decide if you want to use a spinner ( are in my store) or a number cube (either 6 or 12 sided). There are two sets—four have six verbs and the other two have twelve (to make less prep work, only print off 2-3 copies of each spinner/reference card and have groups switch after each round). Either print the spinners onto CD label stickers or print the reference cards and gather your number cubes.
Two ways to play:
1. Whole class: the teacher calls out a verb and the students race to write as many participles for that verb as possible. (I usually give 1-2 minutes, depending on proficiency). Once time is up have students take turns reading off their list of participles. If a participle is incorrect, or another student wrote the same one, it must be crossed off the list. Once everyone has read their lists students count up how many uncrossed participles they have to find their score for that round.
2. Small groups: place students in groups of 3-4 and give each group recording sheets, a spinner or number cube + reference sheet, and a timer (I purchased 1 and 2 minute timers from Amazon but you could also have students use their phones). Students then spin or roll to discover the verb they will use, start the timer, and list as many participles as possible. When time is up they take turns reading off their participles, crossing off any incorrect or those that duplicate another student. Finally, in order to get the points, each student must use each of their remaining phrasal verbs in a sentence.