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I teach in Junior High Schools in Japan with class numbers of around 35. Getting them to speak can be challenging so dividing them into groups and keeping the tasks simple but entertaining I've found has its place in the classes.
To do this, I often use games. One that lasts about 20-50 minutes, depending on the size and difficulty of the game you make, is snakes and ladders, and has worked well. A good chance for a general review and a bit of fun.
Firstly the game board needs to be made. I taped two A4 pieces of paper together and then stuck two bingo template grids on them. If you don't have bingo templates, then guess what, you'll need to rule up the grids. The boxes will need to be big enough to write a question in. Then start is written in one of the bottom corners of the page. All the boxes are numbered to the finish at the top of the page. The snakes and ladders are then drawn in and finally the questions in the blank boxes. I didn't put questions in all the boxes but had a rule that if they got the question wrong, they had to return back to where they rolled from.
I used groups of six, so 6 copies of the board and 6 dice will be needed. the kids use their own tokens.
It took about 30 minutes to make the games and can be used with the class again to review but also because they love playing games.

David Burrows
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