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Novel Games: Body Parts Labeling Game

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.novelgames.com/flashgames/?l=e

Website Example: http://www.novelgames.com/flashgames/game.php?id=249

More Ways

Computer(s), Internet access, Projector

Activity Description

Use this three-level timed labeling game in class to review the names for parts of the body or assign students to practice vocabulary and reading individually in a computer lab setting. The goal is to use the correct labels to name the given parts of a human body, including the face, the body, and the internal organs. This would be a great game to play using an interactive whiteboard if you have one.

Preparation

  1. The site's games require the latest Adobe Flash Player. Make sure that it is installed on the computer(s) you plan to use with your class. It can be downloaded and installed from the Adobe site.
  2. Make sure that the site is not blocked at your school before using it with students.
  3. Preview and play the game yourself in order to anticipate students' difficulties. You/They will drag and drop words for body parts onto their corresponding pictures as fast as possible.
  4. Decide if you want to have prizes for the winning individuals/teams and if so, bring those to class.

How-To

  1. Either visit the Example Web Site (link above) for a whole-class review, projecting the game from the instructor's computer. Alternatively, provide the link to the site to your students via a class Web site, an e-mail with the link, or a bookmark on each computer.
  2. Then either play the game as a group activity by selecting Start or demonstrate to students how to play the game. Then assign students to complete the activity at their own computers.
  3. As a whole-class activity, you can ask for volunteers to come to the computer to complete each round or individual students to drag one word to the picture. If an answer is not correct, the label will be removed and the user will need to fill in the blank again. The current score and the amount of time you have spent will be counted at the top of the screen.

Teacher Tips

  • While you can also download this game and install it in your computer so that you can play the game simply by clicking an icon on your desktop, we do not know if it comes "loaded" with things you may not want on your computer, so we would suggest you play it online or download at your own risk.
  • If you find the sounds annoying, you can turn the sound off using the gear icon after starting the game.

More Ways

  • The three levels of the game could be played as a team competition -- two or three teams compete for the fastest times with individual team members labeling a single body part as in a relay race.
  • This Web site has other single player and multi-player games that would be appropriate for use with adult ESL classes. There are Educational Games  (world capitals, mapping/geography, shopping, vocabulary) as well as Thanksgiving games, puzzle, logic, sports, memory, picture puzzle, role playing, typing, driving, and word games, among others. Great activity to get class started or as a filler at the end of the class period.

Levels

  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
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