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5 Whiteboard Games

5 Whiteboard Games

This post looks at games that can be done with just a whiteboard and marker and can be a great way to revise and practice English.

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Activity Time:  10 minutes +
Materials required: Whiteboard and marker
Number of students: 2 +
Skills practiced: Writing.
Level: All levels

Method:
1. Write a verb on the board e.g “Go”
2. Ask students to go up to the board and add 1 – 3 words to expand on the verb. 
e.g Go to school
3. Another student comes up and tries to add more. So a text is formed by the class. 

“Go
Go to school
Go to school said the teacher.”  

Students can only add to the beginning or the end of the the sentence.


Pictionary

Pictionary is easily an ESL/TEFL classic used in, I’m sure, nearly every classroom.

Activity Time:  5 minutes +
Materials required: Whiteboard and marker, a timer
Number of students: 2 +
Skills practiced: Speaking and Vocabulary.
Level: All levels

Method:
1. Students are put into teams. 
2. Teacher shows a word to the first student from one of the teams.
3. Students have to draw on the board in order to make their team guess the word they are trying to draw.

4. If the team guesses correctly, they get a point. You can use a to allow a certain amount of time for the team to guess and make the game a bit more interesting. Rinse and repeat, alternating turns and teams.

Some ideas for picking words are; vocabulary seen in previous lessons, actions, films, people i.e famous people, subjects and just about anything you can think of. 

This game can also be used with “Bomb” scoring system.


Hangman

Activity Time:  5 minutes +
Materials required: Whiteboard and marker
Number of students: 2 +
Skills practiced: Speaking and Vocabulary revision.
Level: All levels

Method:
1. The teacher chooses a word from the dictionary and does not tell the students. This word can be one reviewed in previous lessons.
2. Students guess letters in the word. 
3. If the student guesses correctly, the teacher writes the letter on the board. If they students guesses incorrectly, the teacher draws a part of the hanging man.   

 
Naughts and Crosses 

Activity Time:  5 minutes +
Materials required: Whiteboard and marker
Number of students: 2 +
Skills practiced: Speaking and Vocabulary revision.
Level: All levels

Method:
1. Draw a grid with nine boxes on the board.
2. Students in teams are assigned to be X’s or O’s.   
3. Teacher asks questions of the target language to be revised, spelling or to use words in a sentence etc. (any revision you wish can be used) If they answer correctly, one of the students draw an X or O. Whatever team connects 3 in any direction wins. 

Whiteboard scrabble 

Activity Time:  5 minutes +
Materials required: Whiteboard and marker
Number of students: 2 +
Skills practiced: Speaking and Vocabulary revision.
Level: All levels

Method:
1. A student writes a word in the middle of the board. 
2. The next student writes another word starting or ending with one of the letters on the board. One point is given for each letter in the word. If a word is longer than 6 letters, they get double points.    
3. The winner is the first person to get to a set number such as 50 depending on time. You can also set a category to practice a specific group, for example fruit, countries etc. 

5 Comments

  1. Hi, guys! This really helped my teaching!

    • Isou

      Hello do y have an extra White board games ??

      • You could also try:

        – Play a whiteboard directions game
        Blindfold one of your students and have them stand near the board with a board pen. The other students in your class have to tell them how to draw a line between two points on the board by the route you show them. This can be particularly useful when practicing directions/prepositions and so on.

        – Have a drawing race
        Two students go to the board, each with a marker. You have to say a word that they have studied and the students have to try and draw a picture of it in the shortest amount of time. You can increase the difficulty by giving sentences with many words. For example you could say “Draw a picture of a man with a hat with blue eyes and a small spotted cat next to his red car.”.

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