Martina suggested, and Cara O’brien-Holen demonstrated for me, an activity for reviewing vocabulary with Wordle. I tried it out yesterday and today.
Create a list of words you want reviewed, plug it into Wordle, put the resulting word salad onto a handout, and give each pair a copy.
The pair gets different-colored pencils, and when you say a word, the first one to mark it out gets a point. I tried both reading the words and saying the English. It’s not totally comprehensible input, but it’s a fun game, they’re reading, and it gives everyone a brain break.
Two things that helped me: I saved the Wordle (in color) on my Promethean Board and marked out words with the whole class first, and did the same thing as the pairs were marking. I made the Wordles in black and white for the handouts. (I missed the hint about using a tilde between words I want to keep together. Great tip!)
It’s possible to play again with another copy, and then have the kids write a story as Martina suggested. If I were to do this again, I might use fewer words on the Wordle, or I might not play to the bitter end, as my kids insisted.
No matter what, this was an incredibly fun game for the kids. They needed some light-hearted stress relief in this last full week of the semester. Too much tension going on around here! If anyone has other easy-to-implement games, I would appreciate knowing them. I think my game brain has frozen. In the meantime, I’m starting and ending class with Simon’s Cat videos, MovieTalking them of course. The kids are roaring with laughter.