Language Skill: Listening
Number of Students: Whole class/pairs
Activity Time: 10-15 minutes
- A game board for each pair: The game board is a collage of pictures that each correspond to a keyword.
- A word list for the teacher.
Goal of the game:
- Students listen to the teacher and touch the corresponding picture faster than their partner.
- Students must put the game board in the middle.
- Students should not push each other or the board.
- Students must touch the pictures with an index finger from one hand.
- When the teacher says, “Grass,” the students respond with “hopper!” and put their fingers up like antennas on their heads to be in ready position.
- If students touch a picture at the same time or cannot agree on who was faster, they must do rock-paper-scissors.
- Review the keyword and the corresponding pictures with the students.
- Go over the rules with the students.
- Give one game board to each pair.
- Chant “Grass,” “hopper!” and wait until everyone is ready and quiet enough to hear the teacher say the keyword.
- Say the keyword (or phrase, or sentence, or antonym, etc.) and the students should try to touch the correct picture as fast as possible.
- Whenever a student touches a picture faster, he or she gets a point. Keep track of the points until the final round.
- The teacher may switch partners if there is enough time.
- This game is easy to prepare. Teachers only have to prepare a collage of keyword pictures and print one copy for each pair.
- If the keywords cannot be expressed by pictures, teachers can make a collage of the keywords and have the students listen to the definition, antonym, other half of the compound noun, etc.
- The teacher has to speak for the entire activity. (Alternatively, teachers can pre-record the keywords and replay them, or use a computerized voice generator like these.
- Lower-level students could lose consecutively and become less motivated to play. Teachers should provide some scaffolding by letting those students have a word to picture guide as well.
If chanting “grasshopper” seems too childish for your students, they can simply put their hands on their heads after the teacher rings a bell or blows a whistle.