Monday, 25 June 2018

Nouns - ESL EFL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Common and Proper Nouns Jeopardy

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students play a quiz game to practice common and proper nouns. The students are divided into four teams and a Jeopardy style quiz board is drawn on the board with points at the top and categories down the side. A square from the board is chosen (e.g. true or false 100), and the corresponding quiz question is read to the class, e.g. 'The word 'table' is a proper noun'. The first student to raise their hand and give the correct answer wins that square for their team and the amount of points in the square. The winning team then gets to choose the next square. However, any team can try to answer. If a student answers incorrectly, it goes to the other teams. At the end of the game, the points are added up for each team. The team with the most points wins the game.

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Common to Proper

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this rewarding activity, students play a game where they race to change common nouns to proper nouns. The students are divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and deal out evenly. The students then place their cards face down in a pile in front of them. One student goes first and picks up a card from their pile and reads the common noun on the card to the group, e.g. website. The other students then race to say a proper noun for the common noun written on the card. The first student to give a correct answer (e.g. Facebook) wins and keeps the card. Then, the next student picks up a card from their pile and reads it to the group and so on. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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Compound Noun Dominoes

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students play a game of dominoes where they combine words together to form compound nouns. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top domino from the pile is then placed face up on the table. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the words combine to form a compound noun. If the player forms a compound noun successfully, they score a point. For an extra point, the player then uses the compound noun in a sentence. The other players then take it in turns to match their dominoes in the same way by putting them down at either end of the domino chain and making a suitable sentence when a compound noun is formed. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take one from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. When a player has gotten rid of all their dominoes, the game ends. The students then add up their scores. The player with the most points wins the game. Afterwards, the students can shuffle the dominoes and play again. When the students have finished, go through the compound nouns and elicit the compound elements for each one, e.g. noun + noun, noun + verb, verb + noun, etc.

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Singular to Plural Crossword

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Spelling Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this enjoyable worksheet activity, students complete a crossword by changing singular nouns into plural nouns. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students read the singular noun for each clue and write the plural form of the noun in the crossword. The crossword contains plural nouns that end in -s, -es, -ies, -ves, irregular plural nouns and nouns that have the same singular and plural form. When the students have finished, the answers are checked together as a class by asking one student to read a clue and another student to write the plural form of the noun on the board. Students score one point for each correctly spelt plural noun. The student with the most points wins.

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Compound Pictionary

ESL EFL Drawing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this creative teaching activity, students play a game where they guess compound nouns from drawings. The students are divided into two teams (A and B). One student from Team A comes up to the board. The student is given a card containing two words that when joined together form a compound noun. The student's task is to draw each word separately. The student is not allowed to speak or write anything. The student then draws the two words on the board. The first team to guess the compound noun wins and scores a point. For an extra point, the team then defines the compound noun. If the team is unable to define the word, the other team can steal the point by giving a correct definition. Then, a student from Team B comes to the board and so on. The game continues with teams taking it in turns to draw compound nouns until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. As an alternative, instead of asking for a definition, you could ask teams to tell you the compound elements (e.g. noun + noun, verb + noun, etc) or to use the compound noun in a sentence.

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Singular vs. Plural Board Game

ESL EFL Reading, Speaking and Spelling Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

Here is a comprehensive board game to help students practice or revise singular and plural nouns and their spelling. The students are divided into groups of four (Player 1, 2, 3 and 4) and each group is given a copy of the game board, a set of game cards and counters. The students shuffle the game cards and place them face down in a pile on the board. The game cards are numbered from 1 to 6 and are used instead of a dice. The cards also vary in difficulty, number 1 cards are quite easy and number 6 cards are fairly difficult. The students move forward in the game according to the number on the card by giving the plural form of the singular noun on the card and spelling it correctly. The game begins with player 2 picking up a card from the top of the pile and reading the singular noun on the card to Player 1. Player 1 then tries to give the plural form of the noun and spell it. If player 1 gives the correct plural form and spelling, the student moves the amount of squares indicated on the card. Player 2 then places the card at the bottom of the pile. If player 1 gives the wrong plural form or spells the plural noun incorrectly, the student stays on the same square. Player 3 then picks up a game card from the top of the pile for player 2 and so on. The first player to reach the finish wins the game.

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