|junior high school to senior high school||Practice test grammar in a time-pressed situation, with stress relievers.||any||35 mins||Game sheet(s), dice|
Use the blank game board to create a game to suit your needs. (You can see a very fine example of this concept at work in Congo Bongo.) If you elect to do the former, fill in the blank spaces using whatever material you wish the students to review. As with many board games, students roll dice or spin a 'spinner' to see how far to move. Have the students use their erasers (Keshi gomu) for markers, or some personal item such as a novelty pen top. If you elect to use the completed board, be aware that it was designed as a review of the year's work for second year.
Provide tasks each step of the way, whether it be actions, answers to questions, creation of sentences using task material, or whatever. Having some of the tasks require students getting out of their seats and moving about relieves some of the tension created by the excitement of the game. Excitement?!? Yes! It may only be a "stupid board game" to you, but it is a challenging task, outside of their normal routine, to the students. Laughter, screams (of delight), and animated discussion (in Japanese and English) are the norm.
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