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  1. Aaah! (everything is interesting!)
    Thank you Ben. I now have my Monday morning CI warm-up (wake-up…first class @ 7:30am). Anyone with CI-ONLY games, please share! Let’s see if I can come up with one…great category idea!

  2. Brian we already have “Games – CI based” as a category. I offer this “I’m Psychic” game plus the One Word Images (not really a game but that simple) and the Word Chunk Team activity, both on the resources link of this site. Other games – only stipulation is no English and no output required by the kids – are welcome!

  3. Amazing! I really love this idea. I need to teach days of the week, months and dates and I was struggling on how to do this without useless worksheets. I LOVE this idea!
    A “game” to consider that we do every once in a while in my classes is “Señor dice..” or “Simon says..” While we were doing TPR the first few weeks many students said many times we should “play” Simon says”. So we did after I felt we had enough vocabulary built up. The students loved it. Now, about 2-3 times per week they ask to play Señor dice.. I of course do not do it on a weekly basis but every couple of weeks when we’ve built up a good chunk of vocabulary/structures and gestures we’ll do a game of Señor dice. My students absolutely love it and they in fact beg for it all the time. And I don’t even see it so much as a game, I see it as recycling and practicing all of the words they’ve learned thus far. And it’s A LOT of repetition of the “s/he says..” structure.

  4. I am not sure where I got this but it meets Ben’s criteria and it is fun…
    After a story or any CI, have two student stand facing each other with a table/desk between them. Put a soft object (stuffed animal/a play sized football, sock etc) on the desk that is between them.
    Then the teacher says true and false statements. The object: For every true statement about the story/ci students try to be the first one to grab the object for a point for his/her team.
    If the statement is FALSE neither should try to grab it. If one does the team loses 2 points for their team. Have a student keep score on the board.
    I let each group of two play to 5 points. When one of them has five points the person from the team w five points plays against another person from the team with the fewest points.
    It is a good way to review details of the story/cycling. Lots of CI
    skp

  5. Melanie Bruyers

    I used to play that game, called the eraser game, but the other students would start visiting. What if every partner pair is divided into person A and person B, so half the class is on Team A and half the class on Team B, then each partner pair has a soft object to grab and then everyone has to listen to every true/false statement. (borrowed from Tools for Teaching) Then keep track of all the As for Team A and all the Bs for Team B.

    1. That is the main problem I have with the “smack it” game, too. Words on the board in English, I say the Spanish and two students at a time smack the translation–but the other students aren’t really paying attention.

      1. For the slap game you can prepare 81/2 by 11 paper with words or pictures on it, photocopy so that every two people have a sheet and then have everyone play.

  6. A thing I do with the date is leave yesterday’s date on the board, tell the kids it is yesterday, wait for them to correct me, act amazed (Oh, wednesday the 6th of april was yesterday?? Today is thursday the 7th?? and tomorrow will be friday??), give them the wrong year, give them days like 25 december, 14 february, etc. just to hear them say no. I do Simon Dit with weather gestures, I have gestures for many weather terms so we can insert them in stories. It’s not a game, but I do a lot of simple songs with the class, some of which I made up, to rehearse things like prepositions, they sing and gesture, it’s a fun activity, and the gestures help them remember the words (in, on, under etc.)

  7. Sure, Melanie, that would work and I have done that. What did you mean by “students would start visiting?”
    One thing I left out is that I always let the “teams” decide if the statement is true/false so they have to listen too.
    Also, do you know who wrote “tools for teaching?”

  8. By visiting, I mean, when I just had one student from each team come up at a time, the other students would start talking to each other and weren’t getting the CI. I thought if everyone competed every time, that would solve that problem.

  9. Bingo can be played this way: put a list of current vocab on the board (in TL). Kids write structures into nine bingo squares (they can draw their own board on a mini white board or just on their paper, but doing it on a white board is better for them to copy spelling frequently if they want to change their board).
    Teacher says random sentences from the story and when kids hear a phrase from their board, they mark it. At “Bingo,” they have to uncover their structures and tell you what they are in English.

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