Over the weekend, I was thinking of another strategy to use in teaching new vocabulary words to my pupils… something that is interesting and fun! Then, I remember when I was still in Elementary, my English teacher used the classic “Hangman” game to teach us new words. So, I decided to try it too. If you are curious on how it’s done, follow the procedure below.
- Divide the class into groups.
- Instruct the students that they are going to guess the word. Write blanks on the board corresponding the number of letters for each word. You may give a clue such as the meaning of the word or provide some of the letters of the word.
- Have the groups take turns in selecting a letter from the alphabet.
- If the letter is contained in the word, write the letter in the blank. If not, draw a portion of the hangman (e.g. head, hand)
- The game continues until either the word is guessed (the group who guessed the word correctly gets a point) or all of the parts of the hangman are displayed (this does not give any point to the groups).
- The group with the most number of points wins the game!
After discovering the words, show some pictures and let the pupils match the picture to the word.
You may also do a Total Physical Response activity which I will be writing about on my next blog post.
Do you have more ideas to share? Feel free to comment below or share here.
I will be posting more lesson ideas soon as I discover more! For the meantime, check the following links below for some lesson ideas for your kids/pupils or click “Lesson Ideas” at the Category on the right side of this page.
Lesson Idea: Beginning Reading Activities
Lesson Idea: Following Directions
Lesson Idea: Patterns
Lesson Idea: Teaching Action Words
Lesson Idea: Learning Math and Having Fun with Bingo Cards