Vocabulary heaven at Eastoftheweb

13-Oct-2010

MEC has a wealth of fun vocabulary and language games, but if you have really enthusiastic gamers in your class who’ve finished all the MEC games or you’re looking for something new yourself, then try Eastoftheweb.com. It has lots of different games on it, I’ve described my favourites below.

Pop Word
This is a bit like Tetris except instead of slotting shapes into spaces you have to make words from falling letter before they build up to the top of the screen. It takes a lot of concentration and a very good vocabulary!

Define Time
Select as many correct definitions as you can within a limited amount of time. You can compete against others who have played the game or just try to beat your own best score. This might be fun to play competitively in class if you have computer facilities.

Code word
This is a bit like the board game Mastermind. You have to guess a five letter word by using clues from your previous guesses. The hard part is that you only have ten guesses!

Eight
The aim here is to make as many words as you can from eight letters, guessing the longest word if you can. There’s also a time limit on this one so you really need to think on your feet!

Any of these games would work well as a fun follow-up homework to a MEC vocabulary activity. Unfortunately, you never know which vocabulary is going to come up so a MEC game would be better to use in the classroom to practise specific vocabulary, as you can see what the vocabulary is beforehand. An Eastoftheweb games would be good for more unstructured practise as a follow up to an intermediate or above vocabulary lesson or as a warmer at the start of a class.
•    To find MEC games just go to the Games tab in your work area and choose from Word games, Adventure Games and Gallery games. (Word games are best for vocabulary practice).
•    To find MEC vocabulary activities just select ‘Vocabulary Activity’ in the quick search and then filter by the appropriate level on the results page.

And finally…
If you want your students to be a bit more creative in their gaming vocabulary, then the Game of Life might be for you. It’s quick to download and very easy to play. The game was invented by John Horton Conway a British born maths professor who now lectures at Princeton in the USA. It’s a lot different from the board game, as it just requires you to start off a simple mathematical pattern and then watch the results, a full explanation is here. What you will see is a mathematical pattern which is similar to many patterns that arise in nature and science. It would be interesting to test your students describing skills by asking them to describe what happens in their game of life over a 5 minute period (they’ll need to set it to slow). It might be quite a challenge!

To hone their describing skills beforehand, have a go at the level 4 MEC activity Stanley goes to the playground (MLG005262) or the level 1/2 activity In my room (MLG002663).

If you’re more interested in human behaviour patterns than mathematical ones, why not use the game in class as a warmer before working on some of the MEC News Items like Insects could feed a meat hungry world, Waste means want for others or Japanese women celebrate old age.

Written by Steph Earnshaw

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