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“Only Connect” Is A Great Game For The Classroom

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Only Connect is a BBC game show that also has an online site.

There are sixteen squares with words on each one. The player needs to use the words to create four categories of four words each. It’s a great game that helps develop the higher-order thinking skill of categorization.

The online game is too difficult for all but advanced English Language Learners, plus you only get three minutes to complete it.

However, the idea is a wonderful one for the English Language Learner classroom (and even mainstream ones, too). Students can create their own, and then can exchange their creations with a classmate, who in turn can try to solve them. All students need is to make sixteen boxes on their paper.

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I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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