Perfect for ELLs, this small group game allows students to practice listening and speaking by describing and drawing different delicious treats!
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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 an ice cream 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 ice creams the way you have described. I’ve included blank ice creams on the master so that multiple students can take a turn speaking. When the directions are finished, turn over the ice cream and pick a student’s ice cream that looks the most like it. This student can be the speaker next. The speaker will pick an ice cream 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 ice cream (and develop powerful language skills!). After everyone has had a turn describing an ice cream, students can then draw their ideal ice cream on the ice cream writing page and write sentences describing it, using the language supports provided. Have fun!