Playing with numbers

Posted by Alvaro under: Resources

This is one of the easiest activities we know: “El Juego del 7”. Although it’s a great activity for the first days of a beginner class, you can also use it in an advanced course, just for the fun of it. It’s a very challenging game, more difficult than what it looks. We encourage you to try it, and please give as your opinion about the outcome. We’re planning to add more teaching games and activities, so sign our mailing list and we’ll keep you update it.

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Lylka said on Mon, December 08, 2008


Cathie Vidal said on Fri, December 12, 2008

Great ideas!Another game is “Clue”, played like the board game.

Begin with the sentence:“___A__ mato a (victima) con ___B_____ en ___C___.

The possibilities for blank A are a list of 10 suspects(ANY vocabulary characters).The possibilities for column B are a list of 10 weapons(ANY vocabulary nouns).The possibilities for C area list of 10 locations.

A student volunteers his name as the victim’s, or a famous/infamous person’s name.

Currently, in my class:

___A___ mato a Grant con ___B___ en __C___.

  A               B             C

el estudiante       el carro         el parque
el medico         el autobus       el cine
la dentista       la bicicleta       el salon etc.

In the board game Clue, 3 cards, representing a suspect, a weapon and a location, are put into an envelope, unseen by the players.In this game, a student selects 1 from each list.So, the student has a suspect, a weapon and a location picked out.

Then the other students attempt to guess the 3 selections.Mine go in order, up and down the rows.As they guess, the students read the sentence aloud, substituting a suspect, a weapon and a location for the blanks, for example:

El estudiante mato a Grant con el autobus en el cine.
Depending on your vocabulary, you can get some ridiculous sentences.

The student who originally selected from A, B and C responds after each student’s guess with “0”, “1”, “2” or “3”, which tells the class how many of the choices (A, B, C) were correct.Gradually, with students guessing 1, 2 or 3 or even zero correctly, the class begins to eliminate suspects, weapons and scenes of the crime.When a student answers all 3 correctly, he/she wins and gets to start off the next game!

Bablingua said on Sat, December 13, 2008

Great idea, Cathie! Thanks for sharing this game with us. We’ll definitely try it in our classes!

B Thomas said on Mon, January 19, 2009

I hope this website will provide for high school level.  I started teaching late in life and have been “lost” when it comes to games and today’s teens want to sit around all day playing games!  Would help if I could see some games I could use.

Alvaro said on Tue, January 20, 2009

Hi Thomas,

We’ll keep adding new games and ideas. We’ve also just added a new section to our website: a forum where teachers can share games, tips, lesson plans and contact other colleagues.
We just need someone to break the ice and start posting, so let’s see… any volunteers?

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