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author: Jonathan Shaffer
level: Kids who can read / Junior High / Adults
target_English: Any questions
Preparation: Piece of paper for each kid.
This is a quick and easy game that works best with high-energy students, but I have found that it brings the energy out of those classes that are slow and boring.
Here is the game:
1.Hand each student in the class a blank sheet of paper.
2. Have the students each write any question they want on the piece of paper.
3.Then have them crumple the paper into a ball.
4. Have all of the students stand up and begin throwing the "snowballs" at each other.
5. Whenever you feel amused enough by the chaos, you can stop the snowball throwing.
6. Then have each student pick up a snowball close to them, open it, and ask the person next to them the question on the piece of paper.
7. You can repeat this process as many times as you would like.
Some variations I have tried:
I have written my own questions on the paper, which saves time when you are in a non-creative class or you want to avoid having the same "Do you like music?" question from reoccurring. I used it for my Christmas lesson as a way to break the students into groups. I printed out 6 copies of 6 pictures (since I had 36 students and wanted 6 groups) and used those in place of the questions. I then had the students ask each other "What do you want for Christmas?" They would reply with the picture on their snowball. Then each of the students that have the same picture would form a group for the next game. This was a lot of fun because I could be creative with the pictures. I used a couple Doraemon inventions, gokiburi, and video game pictures. I also pre-crumpled the paper, so that what the students "wanted" for Christmas would be a surprise.
by Jonathan Shaffer
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