Words, Words, Words! by GEORGINA M.


These activities are meant for groups of Young Learners & Teenagers


Purpose: activate & review vocabulary

Split the group in two teams.

Zigzag turns.

One student starts with a word, for example CAT – finishes in T, another student from the other team has 5 seconds to continue the game with a word starting with letter T, for instance TOMATO – OWL – LIVE …

If one of them doesn’t say a word in 5 seconds I give £5 to the other team.

No names
No numbers
No repetitions
I play with paper money in my classes and at the end of the class, the winning team gives a challenge to the other one – Have You Ever Played a T-Rex Macarena?

Other ways of playing Linking Words

🔗Same rules, same way of playing, except that this time all the class stands up and who ever doesn’t say a word in 5 seconds is eliminated and sits down.

The winner – the last one standing, gets a bigger prize for his/her team – £20!


This time is team vs. team, whoever knows the word says it! We only play with adjectives but not with the ones ending in Y.

Time for thinking – 1 minute.

For example: one team says BEAUTIFUL – finishes in L , the other team has 1 minute to say another adjective starting with L – LONG etc.

The winning team gets £10!

Instead of adjectives you can use VERBS – infinitives & irregular forms are accepted, no verbs finishing in Y.

For example, READ – DID – DO – OBSERVE …


Purpose: structure sentences, word order & grammar review

Split the group in two teams.

Ask them to tell you five random letters, for example A N S I B. Write them on the board.

Tell them that they will get £5 if they can make a grammatically correct sentence in which each word starts with the corresponding letter. It’s OK if it’s not always a logical sentence as far as it’s grammatically correct. Ask them to work in teams, sometimes pen & paper is needed.

For example: A N S I B


Anna Needs Some Interesting Books.

Animals Never Sleep In Bags. 😂?!

Next round ask for six random letters. Then seven, eight etc. and raise the prize £10 – £15 etc. If both teams have a sentence at the same time, they both get the money!

Depending on the age you can let students use one word as a NAME or you can even complicate things a bit by telling them that one of the letters is a VERB, an ADJECTIVE, an ADVERB or a NOUN, PHRASAL VERB if you can see the possibility.

For example: C L D I F W

where L is a noun: Can Lions Dance In Funny Ways?
where I is a verb: Calm Librarians Don’t Investigate Familiar Watermarks.
where D is an adjective: Cats Like Dangerous Insects From Water.
where W is an adverb: Carl’s Little Duck Is Flying Wonderfully.
where L D is a phrasal verb: Camels Lie Down In Filthy Waters.

Purpose: vocabulary review

Split the group in two teams.

Ask them to tell you:

Folders Icon with variations of colors

FIVE things made of: wood, plastic, metal etc.
FIVE animals that live: in the jungle, at the farm etc.
FIVE things that are always: blue, red, yellow etc.
FIVE vegetables or fruit.
FIVE things that are easy to break, difficult to climb etc.
FIVE things that you find in: the kitchen, the bathroom etc.
Just let your imagination run free!

The first team that gets FIVE of something wins £5 as well!

A variation of this game could be:

🖇 Ask them to tell you all the vegetables they know and you give them £1/vegetable; same for parts of the body, items of furniture, food, things related to the weather etc.


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