Story Cubes – Different ways to play

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Story Cubes are awesome for teaching English. Great conversation starters. But opening the box and looking at your student and telling them, Tell Me a STORY is a bit overwhelming.

I haven’t had a student that felt comfortable which such a big task. So here are some alternative ways to play with the cubes.

Pick 2

Roll any two dice and have the student say Which one is better and why?

Roll any two dice and say how they are same or different?

Roll All of Them

Reverse Scattegories – pick a letter and find words that start with the letter that match the cube. Can be the name of the thing, or an adjective that describes it.

20 Questions – using all the cubes on the table, pick one and let your partner guess what you have picked by asking 20 yes or no questions.

Put them in order – put all the dice in order of size, beauty, weight, and danger and ask why along the way.

What ways have you found to play with Story Cubes?

 

 

Grammar Games

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This comes from psychowith6.com

Nouns Basketball Pronoun Game – basketball-themed board game teaching he and she pronouns to young or special needs learners.

Make it Plural! – Students have to give the plural form of nouns in this board game.

Post It Note Noun Hunt – Players find Post It Note nouns and sort them into person, place, and thing categories.

I Have…Who Has? Plural Nouns Game – This game is played like Go Fish.

Irregular Plurals Card Game – This game is played like Go Fish. Students ask if the other players have the singular or plural form of the noun to make a match.

Grammar Game for Plurals and Possessive Nouns – Students compete with different colored markers on a dry erase board to write the most plurals and possessives in categories.

This is just a sample of the long list of games she has gathered on her homeschooling blog.

Describe the Scene – School and Classroom

We’re starting a new school year. I’m starting off with all the vocabulary associated with schools. The nouns: pencil, desk, teacher. The verbs: stand up, raise your hand, read and write. For grammar, I’m starting at the beginning, which for me is Present Continuous. Here are some Describe the Scenes for school and the classroom.

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For vocabulary, English Worksheets does it the best:

Places at School

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Rhythm Sticks

Again, the Jbary ladies have another great song using Rhythm Sticks. Here they use the same song from This is the way… except using different action verbs with the sticks. Easy to learn, fun to do, and even the children can come up with their own verses.

Their ideas came from Kendra at: http://klmpeace.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/toddler-storytime-rhythm-sticks/

This blog entry is worth a read. She explains very well the different activities and songs that can combined with rhythm sticks. Being in Russia, I often have to make do with out many things. We take for granted how easy it is to buy supplies in America.So for these songs I am using pencils. They aren’t as long, as thick or have that great wood sound like these sticks. But, they are still fun to beat on things.

Faster, slower, louder, quieter…

These girls have a great collection of videos online. Just like the Baby Brain Play videos, these are excellent chants / songs to do with small children. They have repetitive action that engages all of the child. The chants are easy to learn so parents can learn them too and repeat at home.

Once we’ve learned our Opposites, we then can move to these comparative words. Basically adding (-er) to the ending of adjectives we already know:

  • bigger
  • smaller
  • faster
  • slower
  • louder
  • quieter

I use these throughout the lesson. No matter what we are doing, the student can repeat a word back to me, and then I say, Say it LOUDER! When we are building something, I say Build it BIGGER!

It’s very easy then to show using just my hands and voice:

  • taller
  • shorter
  • higher
  • lower
  • happier
  • sadder

And we can add sticks (or in my case, pencils) for more hands-on fun.

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