Another teacher has just given me a fun game to play called Slamsandwich.
You make up slices of bread that you should laminate
...as lots of hands touching the game will ruin it....then you can have lots of different, weird and wonderful sandwiches.
You can mix food with umbrellas, elephants, spiders, whatever you want to teach in your sandwich.
I'm going to just stick to one subject at the moment...and that will be food such as vegetables...
but as the kids get to learn them...I'll add a mixture of other words for them to learn.
How to play the game:
You can have teams as I'm going to do that or choose one person and have the others add the food.
I think I will start off with just 5 items in my sandwich...depending on the age....and I'll pick one person ( either someone individual or a captain of a team ) and get Sandra to add some cucumber, Anne to put some tomatoes, Tom to put some onions, Alice to put some lettuce, Mathilde to add the mayonnaise...and then put another slice of bread on top.
I then get the person I chose...William
to tell me the contents of the sandwich but in the correct order starting with the slice of bread at the bottom and finishing with the slice of bread at the top!! :=)
You have to print up small flashcards ( Mark has a good selection in the vegetable section as well as some other food ) and laminate them too so that they don't get dirty and ruined.
You can then add silly things in your sandwich if you want them to learn about clothes, animals, furniture, etc. The other teacher told me she only puts 8 things in her sandwiches as that seems to be about all the kids can remember for the moment.
You can place the cards facing downwards once they have learnt some words and that gives them the surprise element... they don't know what they are going to put in their sandwich.
There's also another fun game where you sing the Ketchup and Mayonnaise song and get them to make up a huge sandwich on the floor!! :=)
I'll see if I can find the words but you'll have to try and sing it yourself and I can't help you with that. :=) Only play it if you feel you can control your class!! How many kids do you teach?
You can then get them to be waiters and clients at a restaurant if you have made copies of your food. I'd like to try that before we finish at the end of May as that could be a good way of seeing how much food they remember.
Kids like role play and they learn very fast with simple dialogues too.
Anyway, I do hope that you've got some more ideas for teaching your vocabulary and games are a fun way and kids learn when they're having fun.
Good luck and let me know how you get on with the Slamwich Game.