Half is a simple game to get students thinking by finishing some sentences. With Half, students can practice listening skills, writing and speaking in one simple no-prep activity that is sure to get them talking. This activity can be used as a simple warmer at the beginning of class or as a fun cooler. You could use multiple sentences or just one and play often.
This is an effective and enjoyable activity which encourages the active participation of learners. The aim of the game is to help learners practice words associated with a particular topic or category. For example, you could ask the learners to use only names of animals, countries, verbs etc.
Activity time: 30 minutes
Materials required:Ball (Any type of soft ball will do)
Skills practiced: Word association (word on a category)
Ask the students to stand up and form a circle.
Pick up the ball and explain the rules of the game to the students
Begin the game by saying the first word and then bounce the ball or you can throw the ball to a student randomly and ask the student to say a word belonging to that same category.
After the first student says their word, he/she has to bounce or throw the ball randomly to another student, and this continues with each receiver saying a new word until a student can’t think of any new word to say.
When it gets to the point where a student can’t think of a new word, the student will be asked to make a simple and complete sentence using the word said by the last person. After the sentence has been made, the ball will be passed to the next students and the game continues.
CATEGORY GAME (MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE)
This is a fun and interesting group activity which helps students to practice and check vocabulary of different categories.