Super Deal ‘2 Billions’ in Teaching English

by: Marisa Fran Lina

Game for >= 1 student, Things: White Board & Board Marker (Optional), valuable & invaluable things (or you can make/draw it), Focus: Vocabulary mastery & Translation skill

It occurred on Monday this week, when I had to teach Zievan and Ersa again. Actually, at home I had prepared about Family 100 quiz, but then in the time of teaching English the children insisted and selected Super Deal ‘2 Billions’ to be our game of main course that day. It started with we collected some valuable things, just like mobile phone, and I asked Ersa to take money of their monopoly game and some cards of city around the world as the card trip. We also gathered some ‘zonk’ thing (less valuable thing), it can be candies, tissue, pieces of paper, etc.

Afterward, I asked them to hide themselves because I would like to hide the gifts in some places. I also drew 3 curtains on the white board, just like in the real Super Deal. I spread evenly both valuable and invaluable things. The preparation was ready so I called them.

I brought the book of ‘Elementary Grammar Games’ to give them some questions. I gave them 2 choices at first; a pile of money and 1 piece of money. If they could answer correctly the question, they would own the pile of money and deserved 2 choices to play the super deal. If they were wrong, so they would own a piece of money and only deserved once time to play the super deal. In answering the questions, sometimes they got difficulties, so I offered them some clues or changing the questions. But they had to sacrifice their gotten money would be. In detail, I would take 3 pieces of money if they wanted me to give them 1 clue. If they wanted to change a questions, so I had to take 5 pieces of the money.

Then, the game began. After “suit”, Ersa, again was the first player. The questions were almost same with the previous game (see Category Quiz), it is about translation game. For instance, I asked them topics that we had learned before based on their ability; “I watch a sad film but I do not cry”. She had to translate it into Indonesian. It was correct so I gave her a choice again, “you are still with the pile of money or something under the book?”, After she shook her hand and said “Deal”, I would gave them the last offer “You choose something under this book or something behind the curtain 1?”. Saying “Deal” then we opened the curtain. In that day, Zievan successfully own more than 900 billions rupiahs because the monopoly money was in dollar so we multiplied them (in order to be much bigger amount). Ersa got more in the card trip around the world. TThey both also got the “zonk” too; like dirty tissue./paper, a bottle of caju putih oil and a short pencil inside of the wallet, etc 😀

You would find extremely exciting both you and students because it was quite surprising. The game continued until all concealed things were revealed :D, and I guessed that this was their favorite game over all :).

Hopefully, thanks a bunch again for Zievan and Ersa who always give me a new inspiration every meeting 🙂 (F)

Category Quiz

game for >= 1, utensils: paper/board, pen/board marker, vocabulary and translation game
by: Marisa Fran Lina

This is one of the game that I usually use to teach the children in the grade of 3 and 5 of elementary school. This was a sudden game that we created together when it came to the ice breaking time. This game/quiz came from a TV show, Category Quiz, then we adapted into our game. It is very good to enrich tour students’ vocabulary.

We, divided the white board into 4 squares. After that, we wrote 1 category for each square. For example, I put Fruits in Square 1, Animals in Square 2, Comparative Degree in Square 3 and Superlative Degree in Square 4. Naturally, these categories could be replaced based on the students’ offers (commonly according to their topics learned). Don’t forget also to define scores for every square, for example Square 1 is 10, Square 2 is 20, Square 3 is 30 and Square 4 is 40. These scores determination are varied.

Now, it is time for starting the game. There were two participants; Zievan (my students of 5th grade of Elementary School) and Ersa (my students of 3rd grade of Elementary School). To decide the first turn, we usually play “suit”; scissors, stone and paper in 3 times. Finally, finding Ersa as the first player. Ersa chose the 1st square with the score 10 for each correct answers. I gave her 5 questions of fruits vocabulary. She must answered every questions not more than 5 seconds. The questions are related to fruits in English, so she must translate it in Indonesian or the otherwise. If she could answer 1 question, I would like to throw the question to Zievan, her rival. Then, Zievan will stole her score. I found it is quite interesting when they had to answer it quickly before the rival grabbed it.

The game continued until the square of superlative/comparative degree. In this section, they have to answer questions concerned with the form of adjectives in the degree. I also asked them about double syllables and the meaning in Indonesian, since they would get bonus score for every correct answer. In detail, I asked “Big”, they answer “Bigger” (comparison), with double “g” (syllables) and Indonesia is “besar”. Eventually, the results showed that Ersa was the winner because she derived much more scores than her brrother Zievan, she successfully opened the Square 4 which has the highest score for each questions. Congratulations! :)

by: Marisa Fran Lina

Thanks in deep for Zievan & Ersa :)

This table below shows how to start the game. Happy Playing.. :) (F)







HIde & Seek, Save Your Thing!!!

game: >= 2 people

Aims: Fun Hiding & Seeking, Learning Numbers, Speaking & Listening, Writing & Reading, Vocabulary

Things: 1 precious thing (It can be ball, book, pencil, etc)

1. 1 people as a seeker, others as the hiders

2. the people who keep the precious thing must close the eyes and count from 1 until 20, while the others are looking for a safe place to hide. But before they hide, they have to leave a clue or guidance where they hide (written: I hide only in the house)

3. after 20, the seeker must look for the others but he/she must keep the precious thing. It mustn’t be touched by other players.

4. he/she must find all of the players and safe the precious thing. After he/she found all of the victims, the victims stand (line up) behind the seeker and the seeker should choose randomly who will be the seeker by closing the eyes and mentioning the number of the player in the line. The new seeker found! but if the seeker couldn’t save the precious thing, so he/she must be the seeker again, until 3 times!

5. the winner is who never be the seeker 🙂

It is FUN GAME for ice breaking in learning for kids 🙂

Reference: Source: Hamlyn..2009.The Best-Ever Games for Kids.New York: Hachete.UK.Company

by: Marisa Fran Lina, S. Pd. I (Staff and Lecturer in English Department of STAIN Salatiga)


Dot to Dot

Game : >1 students

Aims: Fun Drawing, Learning Numbers, Listening, Vocabulary

Things: Board & marker / paper & pencil, eraser

1. Please draw these for the first:

.1            .2            .3            .4            .5            .6

.7            .8            .9            .10          .11          .12

.13          .14          .15          .16          .17          .18

.19          .20          .21          .22          .23          .24

.25          .26          .27          .28          .29          .30

.31          .32          .33          .34          .35          .36

Hints: you can change the numbers into letters, colors, etc.

2. Think about a thing that can be drawn by connecting the dots

3. It can be key, home, ship or boat, etc

4. Instruct your student to draw what thing do you want from 1 dot to other dots (mention the numbers;from the number 20 to 2, 2-21, 19-22, 19, 26, 26-27, the last is 27-22. what is the thing?) You can also add the instructions about shapes of the line; it is straight/it is bend/it is circle/it is curve, etc.

4. E.g.for the thing: a ship/a boat

a ship_dot to dot numbers.

JUST TRY!!! It’s FUN!!

Reference: Source: Hamlyn..2009.The Best-Ever Games for Kids.New York: Hachete.UK.Company

by: Marisa Fran Lina, S. Pd. I (Staff and Lecturer in English Department of STAIN Salatiga)