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Halloween Go Fish

This game uses the same cards as in the previous game, Halloween Concentration, although you might want to include more cards. To expand the card deck, include faces for each picture – happy pumpkins versus angry pumpkins, happy owls versus angry owls, etc. This way you have “suits” (happy, angry, sad, and crazy would be my choices). Make sure you have enough sets of cards for each group to play.

Before playing, teach the students the phrases “Do you have a ________?” “No, I don’t. Go fish.” and “Yes, I do. Here you are.” Students play in groups of three to six.

There are several different variations of “Go Fish” – if you don’t remember the rules, here’s a summary of the most common ways to play. For added educational value, have the students tell you what sets of cards they earned, and trade them in for candy, stickers, or other prizes. For example, Kevin wins the game. To win his prize, he must tell you “I have two happy owls, two sad pumpkins, two angry spiders, and two crazy pumpkins.”

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Pin the Face on the Pumpkin

Before class, cut out several eyes, noses, and mouths from black paper and glue magnets to the back of them. Prepare two witch hats or sets of blindfolds. Draw two pumpkins on the board.

Divide the class into two teams. One member of each team comes to the front and gets blindfolded (or has a witch hat pulled over their eyes). Each person grabs an eye, nose, or mouth, spins around, and tries to attach it to their pumpkin’s face. The rest of their team can scream advice at them if you like. An assistant hands them the next piece of the face, they spin and attach it, and so on, until they’ve pinned the whole face on the pumpkin. The team with the better pumpkin face is the winner. Repeat the game until each person has a chance to pin the face on the pumpkin.

For beginner classes, you might want to coach the kids in how to yell advice at their teammates before the game starts. For example: Higher! Move left! Turn the nose!

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Crazy Photo Story

A great way for intermediate to advanced students to practice their speaking or writing.

Before class, gather a variety of strange or unusual photos. (If you can get them blown up to a larger size, that’d be helpful so all students can see without passing them around.) The pictures could be your own vacation shots, or strange things you’ve found on the internet.

(Edited to add: some great photo series like these might be fun!)

Hand out the pictures so that each student (or pair/group) gets one. The students have to think of a story that explains why this situation is taking place. Have the students brainstorm for a few minutes, then tell their story to the class.

After the stories have been told orally, give the students a homework assignment to write a short story or essay somehow related to their picture. Display the pictures and stories around the classroom for all to enjoy.

Variation: Have one student come to the front to start telling a story about his or her picture. After a few sentences, have them sit down and invite a new student to come up, continuing the story but adding in something from their picture. Let the story get more and more ridiculous as more students contribute to it.