Categories - A Vocabulary / Warm up Game
One pack of alphabet cards.
TIP: You can easily
make these yourself by using a package of index cards
and writing one letter of
the alphabet on each card. Make sure you write big,
and make sure the ink doesn't
show through on the back of the card.
This is a great warm-up activity
to get students to think in English.
It can also be used to review
a particular group of vocabulary words.
Here's how to play:
*Divide the class in half.
*Mix up the alphabet cards.
*Write the category on the
board. (See suggestions below)
*Show the students one card
at a time.
*Students must shout out a
word that begins with that letter in the category.
If the category is "Present Tense
Verbs" and you show the students the letter "B", they can shout out BITE
or BEAT to win the card, but if they shout out BITTEN or BANANA, then they
get no card.
*Whoever you hear first with
the correct answer, wins the card for their team.
*Whichever team has the most
cards at the end, wins the round.
*I usually play 3 rounds and
add up the points at the end.
*Warning: this game can get
quite noisy, but it's FUN!
Some suggestions for
*Animals *Fruit and Vegetables
*Famous Dead People *Celebrities
*Household Goods *Things in
the Ocean *Gerunds *Past Tense Verbs
*Things in the Grocery Store
*Past Participles *Adjectives *Jobs
*Things Found in Nature *Things
in the Kitchen *etc.
*In advanced classes, when the
students make a mistake, take away a card!
If the category is "Anatomy" and
the letter is "N", and a student calls out the word "knees", then that
team loses a card!
*Instead of having both teams
(the whole class) yelling out words at once, you
can have representatives for
each team stand up and have a shot at getting the
card, for the next card, the
next two students take their turn, and so on.
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