A game from Sandra. Good for older students, Levels 3 and 4 (or precocious Level 2s), and those with an affinity for physics.
Sandra says, “It can work (with extra help) with younger students, but it is best with older students who can grasp the game mechanics. They can really get into it! It helps them with their numbers, and orders. I think it’s different from the usual games, so it adds some variety. I just do the first level with them, and it can take anywhere from 4-10 minutes (depends on the game/students)!”
For those of you who (like me) are slightly traumatised by the numbers and wish to sneak in a bit of history, Murder is Everywhere has a good blog–though it’s at Level 5, so you’ll have to summarise for the students.
Sandra sent this link to Hidden Picture Puzzles on Highlight Kids: an alternative to wordsearches! She draws a grid using the Go to Meeting pen (she says you can hold down the shift key to get a straight line), and the kids have to give co-ordinates.
A good game site. I haven’t tried them all, but Forest Phonics (with its lovely slug smear) works well, and Blending Dragon is good when Go To Meeting is working quickly.
I should put the proper ICT Games image here, but the slug slime is sooooo much more entertaining.
Here are two sites which are good for younger kids and early readers (Level 1).
Cookie.com (They also have a good game page here.)
Ziggity Zoom has quite a few interesting stories. You can turn off the sound by clicking the speaker.
There’s a new games site called MES games. The games can be used for Beginners to Level 3. For each subject, there’s Learn and Review, Vocabulary, Spelling, Questions and Grammar. Looks like it would be really good for the younger crowds (5-10).
Let us know if any games work particularly well for you.
I love having lunch with you guys…
Here are some of the websites that were mentioned yesterday:
North Pole (a Christmas site)
We were also talking about the music the kids like. If you can get videos to work, you can play these things on YouTube; if not, you can just help them understand the lyrics. If they know the song, even just reading the lyrics will help them with syntax, etc.
Michael Jackson – Kids of all ages listen to him: he’s a musical deity in China. Try the popular ones like Thriller, Beat It, Man In The Mirror.
Avril Lavigne – Teenagers like her (but be careful with some of her lyrics). Alice is a safe bet.
Justin Bieber – if you have a girl in your class, she’s probably a Belieber. The boys like him, too. Try Baby, Eenie Meenie and Never Let You Go.
Thousand Foot Krutch – they’re not overly popular in China, but one of my students got into them, and now the whole class likes them. They’re a Christian group, so a couple of the songs might have one-too-many references to God but there’s nothing otherwise offensive. Try Art of Breaking.
I found these videos on YouTube, and I think they’re useful for those days when the kids demand a new game. Because you can play these with a blank screen and the PowerPoint pen, you could play them on demand (and then maybe prepare a nicer digital version on the weekend).