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What do you need?
How does it work?
Pictionary is a great game that is perfect for adapting into a classroom English activity. There are a number of different ways to play. Make 4 sets of 10 cards (4 sets of 5 is fine if you don't feel you need so many), set 1 is for easy words, set 2 for medium, set 3 for difficult and set 4 for very difficult. Write words of your choice on the cards depending on the level of the students you teach. Here are some examples of words which you can put write on the cards:
Easy: book, car, tree
Medium: movie, snow, light
Difficult: open, shout, slow
Very difficult: surprise, clean, throw
Split the class into around 4 or 5 groups and have a student from the first group come up and choose a category, with 1 point on offer for a successful 'easy' drawing up to 4 for a successful 'very difficult' drawing. Once the student sees the word they have 1 minute to draw on the blackboard, remembering to follow Pictionary rules such as giving no verbal clues and not drawing letters and numbers. The remaining students in the team try to guess the word (while the rest of the class stay silent). Continue the process with the other teams while keeping track of the scores. To spice things up a little feel free to let other teams guess the word if the original team are unsuccessful in their 1 minute, giving them the chance to take each other's points.
What else do I need to know?
Pay attention that some children won't join the game, so you should then involve them into the game by asking them what they think the right answer is.
What is the purpose of this activity?
The children learn a different language but also you will learn how to attract children in a funny way.