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Desert Island

Subject: Spelling + Alphabet

 

This game is designed to help new classmates to get know each other's names in a playful way.

Skills: Speaking.

Level: A1

Recommended Age: 9-11 y.o.

Participants Number: 6-12 players.

Time: 15-20 minutes.

Place: Classroom.

Equipment: Board.

Materials: Chalk.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation: (5-7 minutes): Announce to the children that you are the capitain of a ship, recruiting a crew for going to a desert island. Next ask who wish to go with you. When you see, that everyone does, explain, that you will select crew memebers, depending on the thing, which a candidate is going to take with him/her.  

How to Play. Your first 'interview' may look like this:

You: What's your name?

Player А: Misha.

You: How do you spell that, please?

Player А: M-I-S-H-A.

You write on the board: Misha

You: Well, Misha, what are you going to take with you?

Player А: I'm going to take a tent.

You: Sorry, Misha, you don't match me.

Your second 'interview' may look like this:

You: What's your name?

Player В: Masha.

You: How do you spell that, please?

Player В: M-A-S-H-A

You write on the board: Masha

You: So, Masha, what are you going to take with you?

Player В: I'm going to take a map.

You: Congratulations, Masha! You are in the team.

Why did you accept Masha, but decline Misha? Because Masha said a word, beginning with the same letter as her name. But you should not say this to the players! They must guess it by sorting out a lot of different words. The second and following rounds go on without introduction. The game lasts as long as all the players are 'on the ship board'!