Do It Yourself in the Classroom Games


These games require a little preparation and are fun to do in class.  They don't require any "technology" like the PowerPoint games do.


Getting Students to Read, Scan, and Practice Questions

Time:  At least 1 hour

Fun:  Yes!

Preparation:  Two readings of the same length

Part One:

Find two 1 page readings: Group A reading, Group B reading.  

Divide the class into two groups (A & B).  

Distribute Group A reading to Group A, Group B reading to Group B.

Each group reads just one of the readings (at this time).

Give them 15 minutes or so, depending on the length of the reading.

Ask each group to make up several questions about the reading...maybe 10 or so.

Circulate and help the students to formulate their questions correctly.

The questions can be easy or hard, but a mix is best.

Optional:  Groups give themselves a name.


Part Two:

Now that the questions are ready.  Draw a scoreboard on the white board.  

Handout the opposite reading to each group.  Don't allow them to read.

Students keep the copies turned over until the "game" begins.


The Game:

Group A asks the first question to Group B.

Make sure that the question is clear.  Repeat it loudly or ask the student to do so.

Group B has about a minute to find the answer.  They can talk and help each other.

Someone from group B raises his/her hand and provides the answer.

IF the answer is correct.  Great - two points for Group B.

IF the answer is wrong, then someone from Group A raises his/her hand and answers it correctly within a few seconds.

If the Group A person answers it correctly, then Group A gets 1 point.


Switch and have Group B ask their first question.

This goes on for about 40 minutes.  Question making, pronunciation, scanning, and phrasing an answer.

It's great skills practice.


Related Ideas:

This can also be done with brochures that you collect from theme parks or from tourist attractions.

The next time you are at a big hotel, check out the sight seeing brochures and collect a bunch.


Writing can be a follow up by picking the top questions (you liked) and asking students to write out the questions and the answers for homework.

Adult students can also do this with their kids at home.  Ask them to try it with their kids and see how they do.