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Joined: Fri Apr 21, 2006 8:45 pm
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HI EVERYBODY! My question: Has anybody know any game to practice telling the time? Please help me! I don't know how to do that to be funnier!

Sat Apr 22, 2006 1:12 am

Joined: Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:14 am
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Location: Nago, Okinawa, Japan
How easy or complicated of a game do you need? If you are just teaching the hours then how about trying "What time is it, Mr. Wolf?" found on the GenkiEnglish web page. Or you can do "Body Clocks." The students are paired off. Then they have to throw themselves on the floor and arrange thier body to the correct time.

Sat Apr 22, 2006 3:34 pm

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Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:40 pm
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The Sleep Over:

The point of this game is to stay up the latest.

- put students in a circle (5-6 students per group)
- deal out one clock card to each student (or times written on paper)

- the first student can swap his card with the person to his left or pass
the person to his left must switch if asked.
- go all the way around the circle and the last person can switch with the draw pile if she wants to.
- each person goes around and announces (reads off) their time
- the person who went to sleep first is out! and play continues again.

Play continues until there is just one winner!

Then play again.

It's a little slow at first, but once students get the hang of it, the games go really quick and groups can play 10-15 times in 10-15 minutes.

For large classes, play with one group while everyone else huddles around and watches. The other kids will catch on quickly.

You can just have them say the time, "5:30."
Or, you can add more: "I went to sleep at 5:30."

The game can be adapted and played with all kinds of grammar and cards.

Simple 1-10 cards or playing cards:
Who has studied English the longest?
How many things do you have to do?

Month cards (months written out on small cards)
When did you go to the States?
When are you going to get a hair cut?

********** one add on **********

If you make a winners table to advance to it's a lot of fun.
- after playing one time the winners from each group move to the winners table to play.
- when people lose at the winners table they return to their groups and the next winners come up.

basically it's like king of the mountain.

I hope that makes sense. :?

Build up! Be positive! Teach hard!

Mon Apr 24, 2006 8:14 pm
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Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:36 pm
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Location: Tohoku Japan
Lately I have been getting into concentration and I have used it very successfully with TIME ...( with a twist)

its a fun table game (can be done in teams or solo)

make up 2 sets of clock cards (ie pairs)

play normal concentration (make them say the time each pick up) but take out one card.
ie one card, lets say 11 o'clock, doesn't have its pair.

Also together with the kids or just you (the teacher) assign 3 points to one pair, eg 3 o'clock. and 2 pairs to be 2 points each etc

so for the points (assuming its just 1,2,3 o'clock cards)

11 o'clock (only one of = easy points) 3 points
3 o'clock and 5 o'clock = 2 points
and the rest 1 point per pair

this should add a bit of fun to a normal contration game

Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:51 pm

Joined: Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:20 am
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Location: Chile
This game is good for litle children or teenagers... they all have fun.

Put twelve chairs in a circle.

Number each chair from one to twelve (these are the numbers in our clock).

Two children play: One is the minute hand and the other the hour hand.

A third student (from outside the clock) calls a time and the children inside the clock have to sit on the corresponding chairs.

For good groups: If the time is "a quarter to", "a quarter past", "ten to", etc, the "hour hand" is not allowed to sit on the chair. She or he must sit between two chairs, exactly like reals hands in a clock.

Be careful with 12 o'clock, they get really noisy about it.

Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:37 am

Joined: Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:20 am
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Location: Chile
Have you ever thought about a domino?

The first half of the card has a clock, the second the phrase.

For good groups: They have to make sentences with the times they use. If the group is really good, they might invent a story as they play.

Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:39 am

Joined: Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:03 am
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Location: Finland
Post telling time
I have made dominos with digital, clock faces and the phrases. A bingo game (or lotto) works well too. If they are weak they can play in pairs or even small groups per card to help one another to decide if the answer is correct.

Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:57 pm
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