Thursday, January 8, 2009

Vocab Games

I'm doing a 2 week camp at my university and my class is focusing on vocab/reading/writing stuff. A fun review game to get some energy up at the end of the class is the memory circle. Get all the students to stand in a circle. The first person says one of the target vocab words. The next student lists the first word and then adds a new one. And so on it goes. When a student can't remember, they must sit down and are out of that round. The last student standing is the winner.

Another activity is writing all the target words on the board. This will work if the target words are not completely new but at least some of them are familiar. Give the students hints until they can guess which word you're talking about. Write down a brief description next to it. Then, erase the descriptions at the end and get the students in the class to describe the word, without using the word and their classmates guess what it is.

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