Dice Soccer (all grades)

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Name of Teacher: Andre Bertel

Class/Grade/Language Level:

Textbook and specific lesson: could work with various topics


Preparation: Materials needed: a large dice; flash cards (relevant to the English topic being taught i.e. – sports, foods etc.); a black board and preferably at least two different colors of chalk; a soft rubber ball; and a magnet. Set up: The class is divided into two teams facing each other on both sides of the room. The teacher draws a long centerline on the board and places a magnet on it; then six equidistant (shorter) lines on the left and right side of the centerline. The sixth line on both sides (furthest from the centerline are formed into goals).

Essentially how the game works is that students practice an English sentence pattern, by chanting it as a collectively i.e. – all the students chant “Which sport do you like?” One by one each student individually answers the question i.e. – “I like soccer”. After answering the student gets to roll the dice; and accordingly, the magnet (soccer ball) moves towards the other team’s goal (based on the outcome of their dice roll). When the magnet reaches the goal a ‘point’ is gained for the respective team. As the game progresses, lines can be erased to speed up the pace; also, bonus points can be awarded for students `using a big voice’ etc. Ultimately, the winning team is the team with the most points (once all students have had a turn). Overall, this game it is extremely popular at all of the schools I teach at; moreover, it is very effective for mastering English sentence patterns, comprehension, and pronunciation.