A game for pre-Intermediate and advanced-Intermediate English learners.
- Listening to and understanding the rules of the game
- Practising saying letters and numbers
- Understanding and spelling words in English
Using the traditional format of Battleships, the players attempt to locate words and predict them and their location on the grid.
- paper with 10 by 10 gridded squares
- whiteboard and markers / blackboard and chalk
- pens, pencils etc.
The teacher prepares a crossword like grid with 10 words that are written vertically top to bottom or horizontally left to right and that intersect. All words have to be written like a crossword so that they only form proper words. Do not run words parallel to each other or butt words endtoend!
Each player is given a blank grid so that they can mark off the missed shots and letters hit.
The teacher writes on the whiteboard 20 words, 10 of which are already on the grid prepared earlier.
Order of play
- In turn each player calls out one of the gird references. (e.g. “A8”)
- The teacher tells the player if they have:
The player can try to guess either a word or the entire grid. See “scoring” below.
- hit and what letter was at that grid reference
After each player calls gets a hit, the player can attempt to guess the word hit. Each word correctly guessed earns a point.
Alternative scoring: A correctly guessed word scores as many points as there are still un-hit letters in the word correctly guessed!
This is a simple educational game that engages the children in a game, gets them using their imagination and naming body parts, and also gives them some drawing fun.
I have used it to assist children in listening and speaking English.
- pens, pencils, erasers, crayons etc.
- alternatively you could use a whiteboard or blackboard
- Each person takes it in turn to suggest a body part, a type of animal or some feature. For example: a big nose, speakers for a hands, pirate arms, angel wings or a giraffe’s body. The teacher writes this on the board.
- Each child draws the new “body part” on their paper, adapting it to the other parts drawn before.
- When all have finished, each student passes their paper to another student. This is simplest if they pass to the same person each time. It could be randomised, but this will create more fuss and potential confusion.
- Go back to 1 and repeat.
I would suggest that no more than 6 or 8 parts are included in each drawing as the sketch gets a little busy after a while. Keep an eye on progress.
When all have completed their drawing, gather them in and ask for the children to judge which is the best.
Ask them what they like about each one. Praise good ideas etc.
Ask them to name the bit which is the head, or the body etc.
This example was created from the following list.
- Speaker Head
- Thin Body
- Pirate Arms
- Octopus’ Tentacles
- Silly Hat
- Small Legs.
The class voted this one the best one.
I liked it because one child told me that he had included two “pirate arms” – the one with tattoos and the “internet pirate” with the mouse! Not bad for a Spanish kid of about 12.
Thanks to Ian Temple for suggesting this idea.