Inside: A great idea of a highly communicative game to play with your students as well as free resources to use.
Today I was scrolling Instagram as I often do -- and if you aren't following fellow teachers on social media I highly recommend. It's often where I get some of the best ideas for in my own classroom. Annabelle (La Maestra Loca) posted about how awesome this game was in her classroom a year ago and as soon as I read her Instagram post I KNEW it was exactly the sort of fun my Spanish II and III students needed this Thursday. We have an early out and 20min classes, so I was struggling to come up with ideas of something to do with them.
The premise is exactly like that of 20 questions. There is a person that knows the item or thing and everyone else is trying to figure it out. The guessers get 20 questions. The only rule for the questions is that they have to YES or NO in nature. This is great question structure practice for students and builds lots of communication confidence in the student that has the item.
Prompt each student to bring something small-- small enough to fit in a plastic Easter egg (which considering we are going on our Spring (aka Easter) break this weekend (just small town Iowa things)is just themed enough to be cute in my opinion, but still focused in on authentic and engaging target language fun.
Draw names or take volunteers -- they put their secret item into the plastic Easter egg (I have one of the jumbo ones just to be safe incase items are a little larger and a normal smaller one. The students that are not in the "hot seat" with their item rotate around asking questions. I project ideas/sentence frames for my students so they feel confident about asking questions. Students can guess as many times as they want, but can only ask 20 questions. Once the 20 questions are up the person in the hot seat either reveals their secret item as we were incapable of guessing what it was OR we celebrate as soon as we correctly guess it!
Here is the slides I will be using in my classroom to play this game!
You can get your own editable copy of the slides by clicking --> here!
(As a reminder I am a brand new teacher and department of two; this is free if there are mistakes please just fix them yourself. Thanks!)