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5 Revision activities for the classroom

revision activities for the classroomBy the time students get to the end of term, their interest in preparing for exams can usually use some help. This post will look at five revision activities for the classroom that can be used to help students revise for exams with some fun and interactive learning activities before they do their exams.

Show me the answer!

Make revision more interactive by getting students to use mini whiteboardstrue or false cards, hand signals, coloured cards (Green/red) or buzzers to answer questions on topics they have covered.
Depending on your class, pairing students or putting them in teams may help weaker students.

Word Scramble 

Write words that you want the students to revise on a piece of paper and cut them up into the letters. Put each word into an envelope of a folded piece of paper.

  1. Put students in pairs and give them five words. Tell them not to open the envelopes until you say.
  2. Students open the envelopes and try to decide what the words are.
  3. The first group to finish must put their hands up and then they need to explain the words to the other students. Award points for each word correctly explained.
Variation: Get the students to make up their own lists of words for other pairs in the class. 
  

Running Dictation 

This classic game is great for practicing grammar structures, vocabulary or topics.
  1. Put students in pairs or small groups.
  2. Display a copy of a text or topic you want your students to revise on the wall at one end of the classroom or outside the classroom if you have space.
  3. One student from the group has to run up to the text and read and memorize a sentence and then return to their group and tell the others what he/she read.
  4. Then the next student goes and reads the next line.
  5. Students continue until the text is completed. Then, groups swap their dictations and check how many errors have been made.

Grass Skirts 


This game is always enjoyed by students and gets them thinking about words. You can find all about this game here.

Students Teach

Getting students to teach others is a great way to involve them in learning.  This activity works better with students who are a little older.

revision activities for the classroom - to teach is to learn twice over

  1. Put students into groups or pairs.
  2. Assign each group a unit from their book. They must create a small presentation which includes the grammar point and important vocabulary from that unit.
  3. The groups make a short presentation explaining some of the key points from the unit.
  4. Get students to vote for the best/most useful presentation. A reward of stickers or sweets can be a great motivator for kids and even teens!

 

 

 

Hammer Phonics

ESL Game Hammer PhonicsHammer phonics is a great ESL game for beginners with a low level of English. If properly organized and carried out, it is fun and will in no time become a popular game in class. This is a great game to practice and learn phonics in class.

Duration: 10mins

Materials required: Toy hammer and Phonics Flash Cards.

Skills practiced: Phonics revision and quick response.

Level: Beginners

Method
  1. Introduce few phonics cards to the learners (Not more than 8 at a time, EXAMPLE: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H).
  2. After a proper introduction and teaching of the phonic cards put them on the floor.
  3. Hand toy hammers to two students at a time.
  4. Students should be instructed to raise their hammers as high as possible.
  5. Read out the phonetic sound that is related to a particular card

Example: CARD 1 = A, A for Apple, CARD 2 = B, B for Ball, CARD 3 = C, C for Cat etc.

  1. The first learner to hit the right card and properly pronounce the right phonetic sound associated with that card is declared the winner.
  2. Transfer the hammers to new students and repeat the whole process.

This simple game is easy to organize and it is always successful in class. It is important that the students are given plenty of time to prepare the target language before playing the game. It is a fun and engaging way to practice phonics with your students.

Discover more young learner activities here.

ESL Listen Carefully

ESL Listen Carefully

“Listen Carefully” is a simple game for young learners. This game is a great way to practice sentence forming in a way that is not boring for your students! Its also a great way to practice ESL listening skills.

Method

1. First do an example and then choose one student that will give instructions to the other students.

e.g The student says “Stand up” and then all the other students must stand up.

2. The student gives more instructions to the class but does a different action.

e.g student says “Walk to the window” but the student who says the action walks to the door.

Students who don’t do the correct action are eliminated.

After, change the student who is giving the instructions.

After some practice, students will love this activity and its a great way to practice revision and sentence formation.

ESL Game River

ESL River is a simple game that can be used to get students out of their chairs and revising vocabulary and listening at the same time. 
 
This game is always enjoyed and is sure to be requested again and again. 
 
Method
 
1. Get students to stand in a line. Make sure they have plenty of space. 
 
2. Pick a category of vocabulary you would like the students to practice. i.e animals. When you say an animal, the students have to jump over “the river”. 

If you say another word from another category and the students jump, the crocodile gets them and they are out. 
 
3. Let the students take control and they call out the words. 

This game can be a great end of class activity. 

ESL Vocabulary Game

 
 
ESL Bomb is a great game for vocabulary revision. You can use it with groups of vocabulary and it can be a great addition to your classroom routines. 
 
 
Method
 
1. Get a small soft ball and a timer. 
 
2. Pick a category of vocabulary you would like the students to practice. i.e transportation When the students get the ball they must say a word from the category and then pass the ball to another student. The must not repeat words. 
 
3. Students continue to pass the ball until the time is up and the bomb explodes! 


This game is a great way to break up the class and get the students focused on the lesson.