Well folks, the last game I want to share with you is a game I call Rock-Paper-Scissors Relay. I found this game by searching for ESL games on YouTube. Check out the video because it is a little hard to explain. The rules go like this:
Split the class into 2 teams. Post flashcards across the board for whatever you have been learning about. Have 5 students from team 1 line up on the right side of the board and have 5 students from team 2 line up on the left side of the board. 1 student from each team starts touching the flashcards and naming each one they touch. When then students meet in the middle, they must play Rock-Paper-Scissors. Whoever wins gets to keep going, but the losing team has to start over at the beginning. Whichever team makes it to the opposite side of the board wins.
The students LOVE this game. It is a really good way to practice vocabulary. Before we play, I always get the students to practice pronunciation by having them listen to me say the words and then repeating them. After chanting the words a few time and acting out the meanings, we start the game. By the way, it seems that all students know how to play Rock-Paper- Scissors, so it is easy to show them how to play the game.
Variation 1: Instead of posting pictures on the board, draw 6 circles horizontally across the board. Hold up a picture. Whoever identifies the picture correctly first gets to move to the next space. Then follow the same rules I listed above.
Variation 2: Instead of posting pictures on the board, draw 6 circles horizontally across the board. Ask the students a question. Whoever answers the question correctly first gets to move to the next space. Then follow the same rules I listed above.
Good luck and “Ching, Ching, Chop!” – which I think means something along the lines of Rock-Paper-Scissors…that’s what my students yell when we play the game, anyway. I hope you have enjoyed the Games Galore series and that you get to try out some of the games in class.