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39 ESL Review Games and Activities For Kids (6-13)

39 ESL Review Games and Activities For Kids (6-13)

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Skills: Reading/Writing/Speaking/Listening
Time: 5-10 minutes
Age: 6+
Materials: Lightweight ball (such as a beach ball) with questions written on
This game has many variations. One variation I have used with great success is writing questions on a beach ball. I use a whiteboard marker to write on the ball, but let it dry thoroughly before  class, so it doesn’t smudge but it can be washed clean and reused with different questions later. Students gently toss the ball to one another and read aloud and answer the question under their  right thumb. A more complex variation is: Student A reads/asks the question, tosses the ball to Student B, who answers that question, then asks the question under their right thumb, and  tosses the ball to Student C, who answers Student B’s question.
If it's a “getting to know you” activity, use questions to elicit name, age, and basic information. Otherwise, it can be used to practice likes/dislikes, 5 W/H-questions, etc. It is quite a versatile  activity and can be used with just about anything that you're studying.
If you don't have a ball handy, you can crumple up a piece of paper to use as a ball. Ask a question and toss the ball to a student. That student must answer and ask a question (the same  question for true beginners or related question, if higher level), then toss the “ball” to the next student. If you want the students to ask different questions, you should give them a topic (daily  routine, hobbies, etc.) or grammar pattern to use.
If you want to make sure all students have equal turns, have students sit down after catching the ball. If you have more than 10-12 students in your class, you may want to divide them into  groups, each with their own ball, so students aren’t waiting long periods between turns. This will also increase student talking time. 
Teaching Tips:
At the end, you may want to ask students questions about other students’answers. Let students know before they begin that they need to listen closely to each other's answers. This will make  them more likely to pay attention between their own turns and, of course, provide additional listening and speaking practice. 
Generally, this activity can be used with all ages. You can even use it with younger students as long as their ability is high enough to answer the questions. The same for class size: you can use  it for larger classes, as long as their level is move advanced, simply because they will be better suited to working in small groups with less attention needed from you. If you have a class of 30  beginners, you might want to simply toss the ball and ask a question, rather than require them to read it, and have each student repeat the same question as they toss the ball. After 10-12  students have asked and answered the same question, take the ball and toss it to a different student, asking a new question. 

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