Location: Connected Classroom with an IWB
Skills Focus: Reading
Language focus: Colours, shapes & basic vocabulary
Game: The Idiot Test
This is a great game to have on an interactive whiteboard for fast finishers. Learners can take it in turns to see who can get furthest through the game before making a mistake and having to start again. This website has a series of 4.
This is a game that learners even from a very early age pick up quite easily. A few problems come from not knowing select vocabulary but vocabulary that can be explained quite easily with a basic English level (e.g. click the lightest square – show two or three crayons of the same colour but different shades to illustrate the idea of dark and light as well as the comparative. Shapes you can draw in the air).
Usually the preplay activity is something that my learners find time consuming and tedious. The last time I used it was when the class was doing tests and some finished more quickly than others. I gave them this game to occupy themselves. The difficult part for me then was making sure that the learners still doing the test weren’t too distracted. Turning their chairs the other way and monitoring was he best solution to this.
Give learners control of the IWB to play the game.
Ask learners what new words they have learnt.
Test learners on vocab that appears in the game.