Yes, it’s another great game from the ACET teachers. Originally this was for shapes,… but of course we can jazz it up!
1. Put the cut out of the shapes in a bag and put the outline on the board. The aim is to fill all your shapes!
2. One kid from each team comes to the front and does Rock, Paper, Scissors.
3. The winner gets to pick a shape from the bag. If it is one of their own they can fill in that shape. If it’s not they put it back!
4. The next kid from each team comes to the front and repeat from step 2.
The magic comes with step 3 and the English the kids use when they pick the shape.
Originally the teachers were saying to have the kids just say the shapes,
But of course sentences are always better, so it’s a really easy step to make it “I got a …” i.e.
“I got a …… square/triangle etc.”
And of course if the kids can say “I got a ” then they can always say “I want a …” and say one of the shapes they need before dipping in the bag.
And then of course if the kids can say “I got a …” and they can say “I want a ….” then it’s a really easy step (with lots of encouragement from you!) to move to….
“I want a ……… and I got a …….”
And because rule number 2 is “Losing just means try again!” then if they lose they can say.
“I want a ……… and I got a ……. but it’s OK!”
It’s all simple, just built up in simple baby steps.
Now, compare the school down the street where the kids are just saying “square” or just “circle.”
Then when the parents hear your kids come out with things like:
“I want a square and I got a circle but it’s OK!”
Now which school do you think they tell all their friends about! 🙂