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Secret Spies

ESL Secret Spies is a simple game for Kids. Its a great game to revise vocabulary and practice spelling in a fun and interactive way. Ciphers are always great fun and loved by young learners.

Activity Time: 10 mins +

Materials required: Scissors, paper, pens/pencils
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and spelling.
Level: Young learners

Method


1. Write words on pieces of papers that you want the students to revise.
2. Cut up the words up into letters and give them to the students to put back into the correct order. Students write down the words that they decipher.
3. Get the students to make their own ciphers and swap them with the other students.
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Grass Skirts

Grass skirts is a great activity to get the class up and out of their seats while still learning and revising their vocabulary. This activity is easy to set up and a great way to make revision fun. 

This game can be used with all levels. I have used this  game with FCE exam classes to revise phrasal verbs and young learners to practice vocabulary. 

 

Activity Time:  5 – 10 mins +
Materials required: One sheet with definitions of revision words printed on sheet. 
Skills practiced:Vocabulary revision
Level: All levels (Young learners, teens and adults)

 
Method
1. Select a number of words you wish to revise. Get definitions for the words or write sentences with the target word missing and paste them into a word document. 

2. Print out one sheet per two students. Cut the definitions into strips but don’t cut all the way.  (See picture 2)




3. Put the students into pairs/groups. 

4. Explain to the students that only one student from each team can run up and take a definition. 



5. They then have to run back to their group and read the definition and figure out what the word is. When they think they know, they write it on the back of the definition and then show it to the teacher. If it is correct, they can go and get the next definition. If it is incorrect, they have to try again. (For weaker classes, write a word bank of possible answers.)

The first team to finish all the definitions are the winners. 

If you have any ideas or variations, please post a comment and share your thoughts.