Perfect for a small group of ELL's - this game helps students speak and listen, while focusing on important details!
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This game is ideal for a small group of four or five students. It was designed with ESL students in mind, but can be used with all kids! Print, cut and laminate the cards, and make copies of the blank master and word list. Model being the speaker first. Describe a donut using the sentence cards, lots of details, and encourage the students to ask you clarifying questions (is it dark blue or light blue? Is it thick or thin?). Students will use crayons to color the blank donut the way you have described. I’ve included 4 blank donuts on the master so that multiple students can take a turn speaking. When the directions are finished, turn over the donut and pick a student’s donut that looks the most like it. This student can be the speaker next. The speaker will pick a donut card and use details to describe it to the listeners, without showing them the card. The speaker can use the speaking cards and the word list to help describe the donut (and develop powerful language skills!). The speaker supports are differentiated for 3 levels of language: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. After everyone has had a turn describing a donut, students can then draw their ideal donut on the donut writing page and write sentences describing it, using the language supports provided. Have fun!