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Olympic Games


When the Olympics come round they can be a great theme to base your lessons on. Here are some ideas.

*Do the "Grand Prix" game ( http://www.genkienglish.net/GrandPrix.htm ), but have print outs of some marathon runners as the game pieces ( make the heads bigger than the bodies for extra effect). You could even have that nutter guy run on and push a player back if they get a question badly wrong!


*For kids who can read:
Print out a medals table ( see the official site) and give it to the kids in groups. Then you ask questions like " How many silver medals did China get?" . First team to answer wins. Numbers practice plus reading practice ( even if they've never seen the countries written before they can probably work them out).


*Medals Interview Game ( lots of prep but a good game I think!)
1. Choose 6 of the top medal winning countries.
2. Put the kids into 6 groups
3. Assign each group a country.
4. Give each kid their own country's medal tally ( e.g. 2 golds, one bronze etc.)
5. Make "flag hats" for the kids, so they are wearing their country's flag on their head. ( just print out the flag as A4 and attach some shoelaces to tie it around the head).
6. Each kid also has a sheet that lists all 6 countries down the left and has "gold, silver, bronze" along the top.
7. The kids have to find one person from each country and interview them i.e. "How medals did you get?". The other person answers.
8. You then write this number of medals down on your sheet.
9. When you've interviewed someone from each country you've won!

You could also increase the number of countries, e.g. the top 30 countries so that everyone has to speak to everyone else! Maybe a little too chaotic though!


*A basic colours lesson but add in "Bronze, silver, gold"

* For sports names practice, print out the faces of the winners of all the your country's medals and put them on the board, but with the picture facing the board so the kids can't see. Just like the "jeopardy game" ( http://www.genkienglish.net/Jeopardy.htm ) the kids choose either "gold, silver or bronze" and a number. You turn that person's card over, all the class asks "What sport do you play?" and the kid ( or team ) who chose the card has to answer what sport it is they play. Great for "I play ...(ball game)" vs. " I do ... ( other sports).








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