Highlighter races is an activity I learned during one of the twitter #langchats. I love it! I wish I could remember who to credit for the activity…
Create a word cloud with a word cloud site such as Wordle.net or tagxedo.com. Do a screenprint and paste the cloud picture in a document. You will just need one copy for each pair of students in the version that I use with my students.
The one I use for weather looks like this: (I used tagxedo.com, it is supposed to be a cloud and lightening)
This is a partner activity. Each partner must have a different color highlighter.
Directions to students:
- Write your name in your color of highlighter on the handout.
- We will be watching a video. The first time you will watch the video and do nothing on the paper. The second time you will highlight words on the paper. Be careful, some words on the paper are not in the video.
This combines listening and reading together in one activity. It is a great activity to use very soon after the students learn the vocabulary. Because the words are in the cloud multiple time, students get a high sense of accomplishment.
Tips for teachers:
- The video should be less than 3 minutes for optimal participation by students.
- If using *taxegdo.com you must enter any multiple words as one word (Ex: Hace sol = Hacesol) Also, some accents do not show up in the finished image.
- If using wordle.net you can use a tilde for phrases (Ex: Hace sol = Hace~sol)
- Include words that are not in the video so students do not just highlight everything.
*I use tagxedo because it includes the word multiple times allowing each student opportunities to be successful.
The weather video that I use with this race is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTHiCn0DB9Q
- Play “Word Race”:
- Each pair uses Partner A’s paper first. Partner B sets aside his/her paper for now.
- Teacher calls out a term in English.
- The two partners race to cross out or highlight that term first on the paper. The student that marks the correct term first receives one point. If a student marks the wrong term, he or she loses one point.
- Continue until many terms have been crossed out (not necessarily all of them!), then have Partner B pull out his or her sheet and play another round. The winner is the student with the most points at the end of both rounds.
- “Word Race” with pictures:
Follow the directions above but instead of saying the words in English, have a slideshow set up to show images of the words.