Children love to learn and are quick to absorb new knowledge, but to ensure their new knowledge is long-lasting requires review and repetition. It is important to regularly check your kids knowledge to see if they are remembering all the great things you are teaching them. Using games as a way of review can make it fun for you and your children. Image from Wikipedia.org This is a game based on the TV game show Wheel of Fortune which you can play in your Sunday School classroom to revisit past lessons and memory verses learned. After you have played it once with your class it will be easy to set up and play on a bi-monthly or quarterly basis to check that your teaching has taken root in the hearts and minds of your children. Appropriate Age: 3 rd grade and up Materials Needed:
A large chalkboard or whiteboard with a large area for the puzzles and an area for keeping score
A spinner (This could be borrowed from a board game at home and re-labeled with point values ranging from 1-25 in 5 point increments such as 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25. You may also want to include some special sections such as lose a turn or spin again )
Three desks used for the podium for each team (You could also just use three chairs)
A collection of Bible facts from recently taught lessons and verses to be used as puzzles during the game
How to Play:
Divide the class up into three evenly matched teams.
Write blanks across the large chalkboard or whiteboard. There should be one blank (an underline) for each letter and/or number in the puzzle. This is just like in the popular game Hangman.
Announce to the teams the category being used for the puzzle. It could be the category Bible Fact, Memory Verse, or any other category you think fitting for your previously taught lessons.
Each team will choose one representative to step up to their team s podium or desk.
The team representative from Team #1 will spin the wheel and guess a letter.
If the guessed letter is part of the puzzle the teacher will write the letter in every place it appears in the puzzle.
The teacher will then write the team s score on the scoreboard. For example, if the team member spun a 5 , guessed an L , and the puzzle had three L s . Then the team would be awarded 15 points.
If during their turn a representative would like to guess a vowel, then it will cost their team 5 points. This 5 point penalty is a flat rate and is not determined by the numbered of guessed vowels in the puzzle.
The representative from Team #1 will continue to spin and guess letters until their guessed letter is not a part of the puzzle or they have solved the puzzle. Their turn is then over and they take a seat back with their team.
The Team #2 representative then participates in steps 5-9.
The Team #3 representative then participates in steps 5-9.
The teams then choose one new representative for the next round of play to carry on steps 5-11 until the puzzle is solved.
Play continues like this until one team representative is able to solve the puzzle while in possession of the spin.
Winning the Game: When all puzzles have been used the team with the highest score is the winner. It is up to the teacher whether to award prizes to the winning team or just allow them the satisfaction of knowing their facts and verses. Tip: You may want to allow the team representative to converse with their team when trying to solve the puzzle as this would include a greater number of students to be active in the game.
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10 Creative Ways to Use the Wheel of Fortune to Teach English
The wheel of fortune? I know. I know. If I want you to continue reading, Id better explain what it is. Have you ever seen the game show Wheel of Fortune? Yes, that one where you spin a wheel and get money if you successfully guess the missing letters in a word or phrase.
Good news. It can also be used to teach/learn English.
Unfortunately I am not working with primary or secondary students. I know they would love this tool. Its a lot of fun to work with -spinning a wheel normally is, isnt it?-, but it also has a lot of potential to teach/learn English. I teach adults and it normally takes them more time to get used to the way I teach. Sometimes, a far cry from traditional. Well, yes, I take my work very seriously but, from time to time, I like to spice up my lessons with little games and online tools to energize my lessons. This tool Im using today is from classtools.net .
Click on Edit and write whatever you want to see displayed on the wheel.
Click on Save this list as currently shown
Choose a password to edit the wheel in the future
Make sure you make a note of the unique address of your wheel. I suggest you email yourself the link.
After a name or category is selected you can remove it from the wheel.
2. Ideas to use the wheel of fortune to teach/learn English
Revising vocabulary. Very useful to revise vocabulary either as a whole class, in pairs or in competitions. Students will need to either explain the meaning of a word or use it in context. Nobody will ever accuse you of favouring a team and there are countless options when working with vocabulary. While youre reading this article, I am sure your brain is already suggesting lots of possibilities, like irregular verbs, phrasal verbs, phonemic transcription…etc
Another possibility to explore would be feeding the wheel with different topics and asking students to write or say as many words related to the topic as possible in one minute. Some easy topics could be: jobs, shops, nationalities, animals, food…etc.
Three minutes. Feed the wheel with different topics you want students to talk about and ask students to work in pairs and spin the wheel. Theyll have to talk about the topic for about three minutes. Great to revise for oral exams!
Hot seat. Again feed the wheel with different topics you want students to talk about and divide the class into teams and ask a student from Team A to sit in the hot seat. Spin the wheel. Members of the other team need to ask him questions about the selected topic; hell need to talk for about three minutes answering the other teams questions but his answers cannot contain the words YES or NO.
Comparing. Do you want students to compare ? F eed the wheel accordingly: compare living in the countryside/city, travelling by bus/plane, working as a teacher/shop assistant…etc
Storytelling. Give students an inspiring story starter and feed the wheel with prompts they need to incorporate in their story. Spin the wheel and give students a minute to use the prompts in their stories. Spin the wheel as many times as you deem appropriate. Display on the walls of the class the stories for everybody to read.
Using connectors. Feed the wheel with different connectors (and, but however, although,…etc). Ask students to work in pairs. On the board, write three sentences and ask students to choose one. Tell them this sentence will be the first in their stories. Spin the wheel and display the first connector they need to use. Spin the wheel as many times as you deem appropriate. Display on the walls of the class the stories for everybody to read.
Dependent prepositions: feed the wheel with verbs such as depend, rely, insist…etc and ask students to write a sentence using the verb together with its dependent preposition.
Order of adjectives. Are you teaching the order of adjectives before the noun? Feed the wheel with nouns and ask the students to write a sentence containing the noun modified by two or three adjectives.
Verbs followed by infinitive/gerund. Are you teaching/learning verbs followed by infinitive or gerund? Rotate the wheel and ask students to write a short sentence containing the verb randomly chosen.
Im sure you have some more ideas to use this classroom tool, which is free and embeddable. Have fun while learning, have fun while teaching. ??