Do you know the game 'Codenames'? If not, go ahead and read, watch You Tube videos about it, and more than anything else TRY IT!
It is so much fun, gets your brain working and thinking out of the box.
It looks pretty easy until you actually become a 'Spymaster'.
I've played it in all my teens classes last month, and the kids loved it so much, they are begging for 'just one more round', even though lesson time is over, it is 8h30 pm, they haven't had dinner yet, and are in the middle of their exams.
The other day we had class on Zoom, and we tried the online version, but unfortunately that one didn't work well, due to too much traffic, I suppose.
But it is easy to make one for online teaching as well, using just the words we would like to practice or review.
As you can guess from the picture ↓, I have been using different cards to play. I admit, I didn't buy the game.
I will write about this↓game again in a different blog.
But for JANUARY definitely our game of the month was
4 Frame Cartoons
Over the last year I have tried to get more comprehension into my Phonics instructions from a very early stage.
I am creating 4-frame-cartoon stories (without pictures), and the kids read them and draw the cartoons.
What I found most important for this is, that the kids can understand the story 100%. No new vocabulary or grammar included.
It works a treat. My kids have improved their reading in highest speed and confidence.
Part of a story after 'ur' and 'ar' sounds
Story on right after first 26 sounds.
More about the story on the left below!
My students love it so much, they create stories without having to do this for homework:
Monty the Penguin
I learned about this video in last year's Comprehended Conference., from Madame Litten.
I looked into it this winter, and changed the lesson plan so it suits my needs.
Such a fun video.
And for next week, I entirely changed the Cartoon Story, still 100% comprehended. I am looking forward to what the kids will come up with: