|Students practice vocabulary by competing to grab the eraser.|
|Target level||ES 1 - 6|
|Activity time||10 minutes|
Keyword Game is an activity suitable for 1st-6th grade elementary students. It's used to help reinforce learning after teaching new vocabulary. It can be found throughout the Eigo Notebook textbook series.
- Create picture cards of new vocabulary words and put them on the blackboard.
- Choose one vocabulary picture card and set it to the side. This will be the 'keyword'.
- Have the students pair up and face each other. Then have them place an eraser (or some other small object) between them.
- Tell the students that you will say one word out loud and then have them repeat that word, followed by everyone clapping twice.
- Tell them that you've chosen one keyword and if they hear that keyword then they should immediately grab the eraser without even saying anything.
- After each round, tell the winning students to raise their hand. This will usually get them excited.
- At the end, after however many rounds you decide to do, ask the students how many times they won a match. The students that win the most matches are the overall winners.
- As the game progresses, instead of the ALT deciding the keyword, ask a student to volunteer and choose a keyword. Then coach that student to say "Keyword is _____!" in front of everyone and then return to their seat to start the game.
- Increase the difficulty by running two keywords simultaneously.