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Ideas for English Lessons


Native Americans

Subject: Vocabulary + Spelling + Alphabet


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

Skills: Speaking.

Level: A2

Recommended Age: 10-12 y.o.

Participants Number: 6-12 players.

Time: 15-25 minutes.

Place: Any.

Equipment: Not required.

Materials: Not required.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation: Not required.  

How to Play. Player A comes to the front of the class, introduces himself/herself and spells out his/her name. Then the other children take 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 children, but giving the floor 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.
Combinations of words must be unique! A player is disqualified for giving an insulting name! If a player can not give a name, he/she misses his/her turn, but does not leave the game! After all the children spoke out, Player A is replaced by Player B and so on. The game lasts as long as all the children got their American Indian names. The winner is the player to get the most points.