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Rebus

Subject: Spelling

 

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

Skills: Writing.

Level: A1

Recommended Age: 6-10 y.o.

Number of Participants: 4-12 players.

Time: 15-20 minutes.

Place: Classroom.

Equipment: Not required.

Materials: A4 sheets of paper by the number of players.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation (10-15 minutes). First distribute the sheets around the class. Next ask the players to ‘draw’ their names. In order to do this, they should replace each letter with a drawing of an object, which name begins with this. If the same letter occurs more than once in a name, it should be drawn each time with different ojects. For example, the name Arina may look like this:

 apple, rainbow, ice-cream, nose, ant.

How to Play. When everyone is ready, Player A comes to the front of the class and shows his/her rebus to the others. The first child to correctly call out Player A’s name, gets 1 point. Now it is Player B’s turn to show his/her drawing and so on. The game lasts as long as all the rebuses have been puzzled out. At the end, the gained points are counted up. The winner is the player to get the most points in total.

Variation. As an alternative for higher levels, the players can just say appropriate words, e.g.: 'My name is dog-eye-net-image-star'.