I thought I’d share a communicative activity that I use. I’m not sure where I got the idea from, but I expect I’ve ‘borrowed’ it from someone or somewhere! The aim of the ‘game’ is to complete a string of words and get past the finish line.
- word recall
- subject-specific vocabulary
- parts of speech
- discussion and negotiation
- quick-fire responses
- a whiteboard
- two pens
- Divide the board in half with a line.
- In each half, draw a spiral that shows the students where to write (I usually get them to complete two circuits of their part of the board).
- Write a word in the top left-hand corner of each half and underline the last letter of the word.
- Divide the students into two teams and get them to stand next to their half of the board.
Be the first team to pass the finish line.
- Write a new word by using the final letter of the previous word as the initial letter of the new word.
- You can’t repeat words
- If the other team spots a spelling mistake, you must correct it.
Increasing the challenge
- Only allow certain parts of speech
- Only allow topic vocabulary
- Go backwards (crazy hard!)
- Write upside down/sideways/back to front
How students have fun bending the rules/cheating
- Rubbing out letters from the other team’s work when they aren’t looking
- Seeing how large they can make their letters
How students can easily increase the length of their words
- Add suffixes such as -ed, -ing or -tion
- Make words plural