The Dinosaur Game

Objective
Review vocabulary

This lesson is a result of discussion at Job Training 2012. Special thanks to Matt Mullins, Chris Shirley, Malaya Viloria, David Howard, and Rory Harnden.

This is an adaptation of the Keyword Game, in which students race for an eraser once the ‘key word’ is called.

  • Students begin seated in pairs, either at their desks, or on the floor.
  • One student of each pair is the ‘dinosaur’ (open claw), and one the ‘meat’ (clenched fist).
  • The ALT selects one word from the target vocabulary as the ‘key word’, and reads the target words one by one randomly, students repeating each word afterwards.
  • If the ALT says the key word, all ‘dinosaurs’ try to eat the ‘meat’ of their pair, with points being noted by the students who win each round.

Image credit to Lance Ferguson.

Notes

A similar version can be played in groups of four or so, with one fewer erasers than there are students.

Lesson Topics
Duration
Elementary
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Resources
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