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author: Nathan Jacobson
big_small: Big groups
This is a lesson that has always been a big hit with the younger classes. The rules are very simple but this game always gets very competitive. First decide what vocabulary words you want to drill for the day and get your flash cards ready. At the start of the class review the cards with your students a few times. After that`s done divide the students up into about three or four teams and have them decide who will go first from each group. Next pull three cards from your set and pick one of them to be the special card. Then have the students wait a minute while you slip into a nearby, unused classroom and hide all three cards. When you came back to the classroom the students will be raring to get started. But you have to hold them back long enough to explain that only the one special card is worth points. The first student to find and bring back the special card will get one point for their team. The other two cards are worth nothing. Continue the process over and over until all the students have had a turn, you have used all your cards, or until enthusiasm dies out completely. Warning: Enthusiasm rarely dies out with this game. I have had a lot success with this game in pre-school & 4th grade levels but it could be adapted for slightly older kids by adding a bit of conversation after they bring the card back. Happy teaching!
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