Teacher Tip — Make a Game out of It

One way to make our classes more dynamic and provide for extra practice is to include game-like activities. This can easily be accomplished by using material from the book.

Concentration (the Memory Game) can be played in multiple ways, and works well in both one-on-one and group situations. If you are teaching single students, you can play with them, and if you teach a group, you can put students in pairs or small groups to play as you monitor. To play the game, put a set of cards or strips of paper face down on a table. Have students take turns turning them over, two at a time. Students should read the cards, to provide extra pronunciation practice. If the two cards match, students keep them, and continue their turn. If they haven’t turned over a match, the cards are put back in the same place, and the next person goes.

Here are a couple of ways to adapt this game for your classroom.

For example, on Day 16 in book 2b, the reproducibles are flashcards with pictures of jobs and clothing. Print out a copy of these for each group, and cut out a similar number of blank cards. Label the blank cards with the job titles (or have your student(s) create one to match each picture card.

  • Adapt a Language Tools Activity. On day 7 of book 4a, there are a series of questions and answers:

Q: How far did Darin walk?

A: He walked for 13 blocks.

Q. How long did Matt and Patty watch football.

A: They watched for 2 hours.

After students have done the activity in the book, copy the page and then cut the questions and answers into strips and have your student(s) match the questions with the correct answers..

  • Create Verb Flashcards. This is another way to provide extra practice while getting your student(s) involved with making the cards. Write the base form of verbs you are studying on 3×5 index cards. Have your students make matching cards. They can draw a picture, write a sentence with the verb or simply write the correct simple past form, or past participle form.