The Comprehensible Classroom

Write, Draw, Pass

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This is one of my favorite party games, which Ashley VanHemert so brilliantly reminded me to use in the classroom! She heard of the idea from Amy Wright at UAF. This is an excellent activity for Preferred Activity Time.

STEP ONE: Give each student one side of this form (I put two forms/page to save paper).

STEP TWO: You have several options. In Box #1, in the target language, …

  1. Have students write a creative, descriptive sentence (ex: a fat dog with big eyes runs to the store).
  2. Have students write a descriptive word image (ex: a pretty girl with long hair)
  3. Write (1) or (2) for students so that they don’t have to think of them. Here are some that I recently used in one of my classes:

**Make sure students only include colors if you are planning to use crayons or colored pencils.

STEP THREE: Each student passes the paper to his/her right.

STEP FOUR: The next student draws the image or sentence from Box #1 in Box #2, as accurately as possible.

STEP FIVE: Student #2 folds Box #1 backward so that only boxes 2-7 are visible.

STEP SIX: Student #2 passes the paper to his/her right.

STEP SEVEN: Student #3 looks at the picture in Box #2 and WITHOUT FLIPPING OVER THE PAPER TO LOOK AT BOX #1, writes in Box #3 what s/he thinks the original sentence was (in the target language), based on the picture in Box #2.

STEP EIGHT: Student #3 folds under Box #2 and passes the paper to his/her right.

Repeat until all boxes are filled. Each student should only see one completed box at a time.

At the end, pass the papers back to the original student and see how far it strayed from the original sentence!

I like to collect all of the papers and pull them up on the document camera to share the hilarity with the entire class 🙂