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LanternFish: Adjective Clauses Speaking Board Game

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://bogglesworldesl.com/

Website Example: http://bogglesworldesl.com/guesswhat.htm

More Ways

Computer(s), Internet access

Activity Description

"Guess What" is a game for reviewing the skill of describing things using relative clauses. Use this printable board game in class as a listening/speaking practice activity when teaching adjective clauses/relative clauses (is a thing that..., is a time when...,is a place where...,is a person who...).

Preparation

  1. Copy and print the game cards you want to use (see Support Resources for this game) or make your own game cards and divide them into piles or groups based on categories (people, places, things, etc.).
  2. Gather the necessary game tools (dice or number spinner and pieces of candy).
  3. Practice playing the game once yourself to be able to anticipate difficulties.

How-To

  1. After teaching adjective clauses and giving students preliminary practice opportunities, introduce the board game for speaking practice. Go to the Web Site Example link for the game.
  2. Download the game board and question sheet and print. Make enough copies for small groups to have one game board.
  3. You will need to tape or glue together the sheets of the board game.
  4. You will also need to print (from the Web page) or create your own game cards that have words that fit in the game board categories (things, times, places, people).
  5. Students will need place markers (a coin, for example) to mark their spots on the game board, and each group will need dice or a spinner with numbers.
  6. Students take turns moving ahead on the game board. Students either listen to the teacher describe something using a relative clause and guess what that thing is or the students define something using a relative clause (This is a person who...). The other players make guesses. The player who is correct gets to take the next turn. The first player to reach the end of the game board is the winner.

Teacher Tips

  • Model how to play the game with plenty of examples before having students play the game independently in their groups.
  • It may be a good idea to write the sentence frames on the board: This is a person who... It is a time when... This is a thing that... This is a place where...

More Ways

  • The Web site includes a variety of crosswords, word searches, flashcards, songs, phonics activities, and many worksheets for class use. Many of the activities are in Word format, so they can easily be printed for handouts.
  • The ESL for Adults [www] page has leveled activities for use in the classroom, including games, quizzes, and communicative activities such as surveys and discussion prompts.

Documents

Levels

  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced
  • All Levels

Standards

Basic Communication

  • (0.1) Communicate in interpersonal interactions
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.