Flashcards to use: This units.Flash Cards
Class size: whole class
Additional productive/receptive English: Show me please. What this? It’s a___. Stand up. Sit down. Make a circle. Cards please. Here you are.
Introduce or review that units vocabulary.
Have all children sit in a circle
Shuffle shuffle about 10 FCs.
Show them them you are putting the scary ghost card into the pack and shuffle again.
Walk to the centre of the circle and put the deck of cards down, making a big deal of not letting them see them.
At this point the children will generally surge excitedly towards you. Sit on the pile of cards and refuse to move until they make a circle. Doing this once strongly enforces the game rules and really helps the game run smoothly.
You join the circle.
Stand up and get the top FC. Return to your seat without showing the card. Do this very clearly so that the children do the same.
“Show me please”. Raise the card clearly above your head and insist all children say “Its a_____”
Its then the turn of the student next to you to do as you did. For the first few students walk with them to the centre, after that just tapping them should work.
When a child reveals the ghost card, happy chaos will ensue. I usually pick up that child and run around the room with them as they clutch the card. This way I can reassure them if they look tearful, or control them if they are likely to get over excited.
As this game can be used any month, it will take very little modelling time the next occasion you use it.