Last night, he shared another called “Tandem Sculptionary.”
It’s basically a version of Pictionary. However, instead of drawing, players sculpt clay to use as clues. In this “tandem” game, one player sits behind another to use the clay. That’s not going to work for obvious reasons in most classrooms.
Mad Libs, I think, have very limited usefulness with English Language Learners since they really don’t promote accurate understanding. However, for ELLs who are in the high-intermediate range, I’ve found they can be an occasional fun activity that also reinforces parts of speech.
Having students create their own versions for their classmates can move this activity to a much more productive level, however, and the Word Blanks site is the easiest tool out there for making them (Mad Takes is a good site to find already-made ones).
He created a Mad Lib for a movie scene and then acted it out with Benedict Cumberbatch. The idea of explicitly creating ones that would lead to a performance could be fun as well as just another way to encourage speaking and listening, especially for ELLs with enough proficiency to be able to get the humor.
Earlier this week, he played a new one (or, at least, it was new to me). He calls it “Word Blurt” and you can see a video of him playing it below.
Truth be told, I don’t think it’s as entertaining to watch, nor as useful in the classroom, as his previous ones. But I think it’s still a good one.
His version has some cards on a table between two people. When a card is uncovered, then both are supposed to say a word they feel is connected to it. It’s not a “game” of winners or losers — more, it’s to gauge how different or similar the two people are thinking.
The version that I plan to try out in the classroom is to have students be in small groups with whiteboards. I will call out a word, and each group has thirty-seconds to a minute to identify a word that is connected to it in some way AND write a sentence explaining that connection. I will give them a point if the connection they make actually makes sense.
I think it’s worth a shot, and I’m very open to hearing other ideas on how to modify it from readers.
Several times each year, Jimmy Fallon plays a game on The Tonight Show that can easily be modified as a language-learning activity for the classroom. I’ve written about many of them.
Last week, he played a new one called Random Picture Association. As the video below shows, it’s exactly what the name implies — they show photos and players share what comes to mind.
It seems to me that this could be a fun exercise for students to practice speaking — either give groups of two or three a pack of picture cards or show funny images from the web on an overheard. Then one student in each group – taking turns – tells the others in English what comes to their mind.
Has anyone tried something like this in your classroom?
Last night, he played another one that most teachers are familiar with — Pictionary.
Show him playing it with several other stars could be a fun model for students prior to playing the game. When I do it, I model a game in front, and then divide the class into groups of three. Then, in the small groups, everyone gets a chance to be the decider/drawer of the word while they play it three times.