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Weathercocks

Subject: Sides of the world

Skills: Listening.

Level: A1

Recommended Age: 9-11 y.o.

Participants Number: 6-12 players.

Time: 15-20 minutes.

Place: Playground.

Equipment: Not required.

Materials: pieces of chalk by number of participants.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation (7-10 minutes): Put the children as for exercises. Ask them to draw two intersecting lines. Then the players draw arrows at each end of the lines and sign the upper one with the letter 'N', the right – with 'E', the bottom – with 'S' and the left – with 'W'.

How to Play. Ask each child to step on the intersection of his/her lines. You call out, e.g.: 'The wind is blowing from the east!' After that, the ‘weathercocks’ turn towards the W arrow. For older children, you can shout out, e.g.: 'The wind is blowing from the south-west!' and so on. When you are sure that the players understand the rules, start the contest. In this, after each of your phrases, the player to last turn towards the right arrow or to turn towards a wrong one, is out of the game. It lasts as long as only the winner remains.