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Ideas for English Lessons


Native Americans

Subject: Vocabulary + Spelling + Alphabet


This game is designed to help new classmates to get to know each other's names, while playing, in the first lesson.

Skills: Speaking.

Level: A2

Recommended Age: 10-12 y.o.

Number of Participants: 4-12 players.

Time: 15-25 minutes.

Place: Any.

Equipment: Not required.

Materials: Not required.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation: Not required.  

How to Play. First Player A comes to the front of the class, introduces himself/herself and spells out his/her name. Next the other players take it in turns to give him/her Native American names, which usually consist of an adjective and a noun. Both of them should begin with the same letter as Player A's name. The game may start like this:
You: What's your name?
Player A: My name is Borya.
You: How do you spell that, please?
Player A: B-O-R-Y-A.
You (addressing to the other players, but giving a word to each in turns): 

What American Indian names can you give to Borya? 
Player B: Big Bear!
Player B gets 1 point.
Player C: Blue Bird!
Player C gets 1 point.
and so on.
Combinations of words should be unique! A player is disqualified for giving an insulting name! If a player can not give a Native American name, he/she misses their turn, but does not leave the game! After all the children have spoken out, Player A is replaced by Player B and so on. The game lasts as long as all the players have gotten their Native American names. At the end, the gained points are counte up. The winner is the player to get the most points in total.

Variation. If you wish, you can ask each player which 'their Native American name' he/she likes the best. The author of this name gets a bonus point.