Virtual or Real, games are the best ways to learn language. Here are some I strongly recommend for optimal classroom experience. All you need is a label maker and creativity to give these games a twist !
BBQ Blitz– For this game I used my Dymo TS500 (above, my new love) and labeled the game. I also had the kids label other parts of the game, and I added more realia of my own.
Kiddie version: Kids take turns putting a patty upside down on the plate. Then they all uncover and flip it. Those who match go back to the pit.
Middle School Version– Have students order the hamburgers in the target language and add a math component to it.
High School version- Trust me, they love this game. Supplement the higher version with http://www.juegosdehamburgesas.com
Zingo– This is your basic bingo games, only that naming the yellow plastic tabs (I call them “galletas”) is a trip and the students love it.
Kiddie version: Have a caller just call out the crackers and they must give it to the first to call the word correctly. The words repeat so the others should not give up.
Grown Kid version: Supplement with complete sentences for context meaning. Have them place the cracker on a sentence or use them to create a paragraph.
MEET BLINGO ®
This super iced-out game is under trademark but it is simple to make other versions of it. It is blingalicious and lots of fun to play.
Using non-sequential cubes, students get to make Math combinations that are represented with shapes and colors, and even names of precious metals.
Kiddies can just roll and ID
Biggies can make Math sentences in the L2, identify the shapes with more descriptors. and even research on real gemstones!