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Best for children ages 5 and up!

1. Divide class into even teams (5 to 6 students is plenty).
2. Have teams sit on the floor (chairs are sooooooo BORING).
3. The person at the front of the team needs to have a pencil and a piece of paper.
4. The actions need to be the same for everyone, practice them first!

* Tapping their shoulder means 'repeat again'.
* Nodding their head means 'okay, continue'.

When everyone is ready ...

5. Teacher shows a different word to the last person of every team.
6. The student at the back of the row needs to draw the word, LETTER BY LETTER onto the back of the person in front of them.

example: c a t

first draw the 'c', if the student knows the letter, then they should nod their head. If they are unsure, then they need to tap their shoulder so the student can "re-write" it on their back. Continue until the word is done, then that student in turn, draws the word onto the back of the person in front of them.

7. When it reaches the person at the front of the line, they need to write it onto the paper.

8. Compare the words to see which team got the entire word correct, very close ... etc.

Then let the front student move to the back. Keep it going.

It does take awhile for the students to get used to this, but once they do, they love it!


Katrina
Hsinchu, Taiwan
khuddlestan@hotmail.com

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