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Some Game Ideas and Samples from Dubuque Senior High School--- Go Rams!

This is really a team effort and a compilation of many ideas and hard work! Thanks to our World Language Team!


I'm obsessed!! Go to Kahoot to create your own account

Here is a pre-made version of Kahoot that fits with chapter 4.3 from En EspaƱol --> Super fun Kahoot! Made by Kristie Coffman

Students will need smart device for this to work. It does not work from laptops. Tell students to go to and create nickname. Students do not need to create an account to play.

Such a fun way to review and kids are engaged!

Adivina la Palabra: Rules on powerpoint-- An amazing demonstration in circumlocution.

Verb Squares
Objective: To be the person who closes the most number of boxes.
Materials: Verb Square Sheet
Procedure: This game is a lot like the dots game we all played as kids. Students need to connect a subject to a verb. I have students write the conjugation on the line as they play so I can formatively assess as I walk the room. Students win by closing the most number of boxes.

Tic Tac Toe
Objective: To win tic tac toe game
Materials: pair of dice (preferably different colors or different sizes), Whiteboard and Marker or tic tac toe board, tic tac toe sheet
Procedure: Students work in pairs to play a game of tic tac toe based on verb conjugation. Partner A begins by rolling the dice. It is important that the dice are somewhat different so students are able to keep track of what they roll. I use the dice in dice kind where there is a smaller die inside a larger die. The number on one die corresponds to a subject pronoun. In order to determine which verb on the tic tac toe sheet needs to be conjugated, add the number on the dice together (hint- no need to include number 1 on the tic tac toe sheet since it is impossible to get a one because the numbers are added together). Partner B tells partner A the form and verb to be conjugate. Example: "The nosotros form of empezar". Partner A writes the form down, either on paper or a whiteboard, and partner B determines if it's correct. If correct, partner A gets to make a tic tac toe mark on the board. If incorrect, turn is missed. Students change roles.

Roll a 6:
Objective: to be the partner to correctly translate the most words/ phrases
Materials: Tira un seis sheet, 1 die, writing utensils
Procedure: Partner A begins to translate as many words or phrases as fast as s/he can. Meanwhile, Partner B is continually rolling the die until s/he rolls a six. Once partner B rolls a six, s/he exclaims "Seis" and partner A and B switch roles. The process is repeated until the time runs out. I usually allow about 15-20 minutes (depending on the list) to complete the game. At the end, the partner who has translated the most correctly is the winner

Brand Game- Rules on powerpoint

Objective: To translate phrases/sentences correctly
Materials: Chispas powerpoint
Procedure: This game is really similar to "Sparkle," if you've ever played that. Instead of spelling, we are using it to translate phrases or sentence. This is a crowd pleaser and one of my students' favorite games. Have students form a half circle around the room. Show students on the screen the sentence in English to be translated. Pick a student to translate the first word of the sentence. If s/he gets it right, s/he stays standing. If wrong, the students is out and it goes to the next student to translate. Go in order through the sentence and around the room. Once the last word is translated the following student says "Chispas" and the student who would be next is out.

Bluff- Rules on Powerpoint

The Roommate Game- Rules on Powerpoint

Snail Game
Objective: To be the team to make it all the way around from the outside of the snail's shell to the star on the inside.
Materials: Snail Game board projected on screen
Procedure: Divide students into 2 teams. It is a competition between the teams in the class. Once on teams, number off students in the order in which you would like them to go. Student one starts by saying the vocabulary/word phrase directed in the first spot on the snail's shell. If correct, the next person says the vocabulary word on the next spot on the snail. It continues on like this until a student does not know the answer or if s/he gets it wrong. Once wrong, it goes to the other team. Person 1 would start at spot 1 and say the vocabulary. It proceeds like the previous side. Once they make a mistake, it goes back to the other team. The other team does not get to pick up where they left off, they must start at the beginning (hence, the SNAIL game--it takes a long time!). Do not start back at person 1, pick up where you left off the time before. Students may not help each other during their team's turn. The idea is that they listen carefully to what students are saying if they do not know the vocabulary. I always put the most difficult words/phrases on the outside of the shell so they get repeated the most. The team to make it all the way around the shell without making a mistake wins the game.