How It Works
- Noun (from unit)
- Verb or Adjective
- Action or Object
So you’re first game card might look something like this:
I’ll usually make 15 to 20 game cards for each class that I want to play the game with. Usually I’ll have several left over, as I do the game toward the end of class.
- Students are divided into 2 teams, usually boys and girls;
- Students can say anything but the words on the card;
- Students are allowed to use actions, but they just can’t say the words on the card;
- You get 1 point for each word, and you have 1 minute to do it;
That’s why it’s called 5-in-1. What’s great about it is that students really pick up on continuous tense if you include –ing words. They figured out they can say “now” to get their team to guess. All of my students get excited by this game, and even the most shy will volunteer.
I encourage students to skip a word if they don’t know it, and I don’t help them at all. It’s a great way to sit back and let the students do all the work.
The game works great if you pull up http://www.online-stopwatch.com/ on the classroom computer. It’s even better if you can put that up on the large monitor, if your classroom has one. Students get excited by the ‘race-against-the-clock’ aspect of the game, and there are a lot of laughs at some of the things that are said when trying to make their team guess.