A classic vocabulary game that suits any day 🙂
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Today I had to substitute in a 2nd grade primary class, last hour on Friday … you can imagine 😉
As I entered the class, I knew exactly what we were going to do. I asked, “Have you ever played STOP??” 🙂
I remember playing this game when I was younger myself, not in the classroom though but on a rainy day, during long flights or on Christmas Eve with the whole family.
HOW TO PLAY:
- Draw the table on the board so that students can copy it on a sheet of paper.
- Decide the categories for each column. ( I use 2 different sets like the ones below depending on my aims).
- When everyone is ready, choose a letter and at the count of 1… 2 … 3… write it on the board.
- Students have to fill in the table with words that start by that letter. (like the example below)
- As soon as someone completes ALL the categories they must shout STOP! and everyone must put their pens down.
- Ask students randomly for their answers. They must listen to everyone else’s answers to keep track of their points.
- Points for each answer :
1 = if two or more Ss have the same word
2 = if no one else has the same word
3 = if he/she is the only one to have filled that column
VERSION 1 :
I specially enjoy the fantastic answers given for books and films as students tend to translate the names literally when they can’t come up with one that fits for sure 🙂 🙂 🙂
As a teacher, I have used this activity with all my students, regardless the age and the language level. It always works out to be a great revision game and an exciting brain teaser. 🙂