Here’s another game from Mido Farid, this time to go with the “How many?” lesson. Mido’s hopefully going to have some videos for you soon too!
The “Magic Matchbox” Game
This is a guessing game played by teams to practice numbers.
* Exponent: How many? There are…
* Additional benefits: genuine communication; hidden drilling; teamwork
* Language needed: numbers 1 to 11
* Time: 10 to 15 minutes
* Material:1 matchbox; 11 toothpicks per person
1. The teacher challenges the students to count the 11 toothpicks in his/her
hand. To model the game, the teacher then puts some into the matchbox, shakes it
and asks the students to guess how many are inside.
2. The teacher explains how to play the game in the student’s native language
3. The teacher divides the class into two teams, giving each team an English
name e.g. the Roosters and the Monkeys. Then the teacher writes the team names
on the board (or puts up a picture card) for scoring during the game.
4. If the class has a large number of students, choose 10 players from each team by chanting together a ‘choosing rhyme’ such as the following:
* One, two, three, four,
* O-U-T, OUT!
* (The student chosen is the one you are pointing at on the word OUT!)
1. Each player secretly puts no more than 11 toothpicks into his/her matchbox
2. The first player from the Roosters stands up, shakes the matchbox in his/her hand. His/her team members shout together ‘How many?’ The Monkeys then give the answer by replying ‘There are…’
3. If the guess is the correct number, the Monkeys wins a point. If not, the Roosters get the point.
4. Then switch roles. This time the Monkeys ask and the Roosters guess.
5. The game continues until all the players get a turn.
6. The teacher keeps a record of the points on the board. The team with the
most points wins.
I think this is a great teamwork activity with really simple, but real , English!
What do you think?