This is a contributed post by educator Stephanie Sheridan.
This variation on Hide and Seek is a great no-prep game for any class, but it's especially wonderful for language classes working on pronunciation!
How to play the game
- Divide the class in half randomly and write their names on the board under the headings "HIDE" and "SEEK" (in your language).
- The first pair sends their "seeker" into the hall for 20 seconds while the "hider" hides a piece of brightly colored paper somewhere in the room.
- I project the word for the whole class to see using Quizlet Flashcards.
- The "hider" opens the door for the "seeker" to return and the whole class chants the word on the board. We chant more loudly as s/he gets closer to the hiding spot. To avoid screaming and bothering other classes, we wave our hands in the air when s/he is really close.
- When the student finds the word, s/he must tell us the definition.
A few management tips
- Suggested rules for hiding the paper: It must be hidden in the perimeter of the room, but not in anyone's personal belongings; my desk is off limits; it has to be a little bit visible, but you may fold it; it has to be reachable by the "seeker," so unless they are really tall, be considerate!
- If it's a really large class and everyone wants a turn, I set the timer on my phone for 1:15. If the "seeker" hasn't found it by the time the buzzer goes off, the "hider" gets to show him/her where it was.
- I let my students know the purpose of this game is to practice pronunciation and everyone must chant together in rhythm so we hear it accurately.
- If I hear students repeatedly mispronouncing a word, or speeding up too much, I use the audio feature on the Quizlet flashcards to get them back on track. I just click it three times in a row to redirect them.
Stephanie has been teaching Spanish since 2006. She is truly passionate about education, and spends a lot of her free time researching new technologies and volunteering in the Latino community. She is also a Quizlet Teacher Ambassador. For more great ideas from Stephanie, check out her blog.