ESL Scattergories!

Online ESL Scattergories is a simple no preparation warmer/cooler. This activity works particularly well with teens and adults and is a great way to practice vocabulary and quick thinking. ESL Scattergories works well in face-to-face classes and also in online zoom/Google classes too!

How to play 

  1. To play ESL Scattergories, first, put students in teams or groups of 2 or 3. Each group will require a piece of paper to write down their answers. 
  2. Next, click “choose” a letter. This is the letter that each word must start with for each category. 
  3. When everyone is ready, click on “Start Timer”. Students have 120 seconds to try and think of a word for each category. 
  4. When the time is up, the teams swap papers and check each other’s answers. The team with the most valid words in each category gets a point (giving a maximum of three points available each round).
  5. For subsequent rounds, repeat with a different starting letter.
  6. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

 

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