This is a great game I heard from Diep at the ACET meeting the other day. Β Their next meeting is October 2nd and for 1,500 yen you get a ton of great ideas!

So… Β today we have “Dice Attack”:

1. Spread out the mini cards for today’s theme e.g. Happy Halloween.

2. The first student rolls a die.

3. They have to make that many sentences using any of the cards e.g. if they roll a 4 they have to say “Look, there’s a ghost” Β “Look, there’s a wizard, “Look there’s a mummy”, “Look there’s a broom” or any of the 4 phrases that they like.

4. If they say them all they get that amount of points. Β If they can’t say that many, zero points!

5. Student from next team repeats from step 2.

6. First team to reach 20 points wins!

Very simply but very cool.

As the students pick the cards they want to say themselves, then it’s great for teacher as you can see which phrases they find easy and which ones need more practice. Β  Of course phrases (even simple ones like in this lesson we have Β “Look, there’s a …” ) are always better than just vocab. Β (Keep tuned for a fantastic new sentence to use with these cards coming soon!)

Trick or Treat Twelves

Or if you have a theme that has 12 items of vocab e.g. the Trick or Treat song, then just bring out 2 dice!

Is it bad luck to get the 12? Β (i.e. you have to say 12 things!) or good luck (because you get a chance to get a massive 12 points!)

“I like … / I don’t like …” is a great phrase to use with this theme: “I like graveyard gravy but I don’t like tombstone tea!”

Mega Review

Or another brilliant idea is to use it in the beginning review.

1. Put out mini cards for * every * Genki English lesson you’ve done so far.

2. The kid rolls the dice as before.

3. They say that many phrases and get that many points.

4. But … this time you take the cards away that have been said!

5. Β Team with the most points when all the cards have gone is the winner.

Again this is really great to test what the kids do (and don’t !) remember and the game gets tougher and tougher as the more complicated cards are left on the table.

Anyway, have a try in your lessons and let us know what you think!

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Richard Graham

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3 Responses to “New Game: Dice Attack!”

  1. Lines

    Thank you very much. It`s easy, funny and great.

  2. Nena

    I’m starting with my 4th graders on Friday…The mega review is just the right game to start the new year! Will let you know how it goes.

  3. Margit

    I played the mega review yesterday with my kindergarten kids as well as with my 2nd graders.
    It is really good as the kids can see clearly which topics to repeat using their software, and I know what to focus on as well.
    + it is lots of fun.
    I gave them the chance to get the answer correct as a group to take a bit of the pressure on each kid, but everyone had to make a sentence at some point.
    Lots of confidence, at some new sentences naturally popping up, like:

    “I love grandma.” etc…pretty impressive

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