What's the compound noun?
ESL Compound Nouns Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 50 minutes
In this captivating describing game, students define compound nouns without using certain words and guess compound nouns from another team's descriptions. The students are divided into even teams of two or three. Half the teams are given a set of Team A cards and the other half are given a set of Team B cards. The teams look at their cards and think about how they are going to define each compound noun without using the words on the cards or variations of the words. When the teams are ready with their descriptions, they pair up with an opposing team (Team A and B). Teams shuffle their cards and place them face down in a pile on the desk in front of them. Teams then take it in turns to pick up a card from their pile and define the compound noun to the other team, starting with the compound elements, e.g. noun+noun (bedroom), noun+verb (rainfall), etc. The opposing team has one minute to listen to the description and guess the compound noun. If the opposing team manages to guess the compound noun before the time limit has been reached, they win and keep the card. The card is then set to one side. If not, the defining team wins and keeps the card. If a team accidently uses a word from the card or variation of the word in their description, the other team wins the card. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most cards at the end of the game wins.