BINGO!

This is my attempt at legitimizing a fun activity that doesn’t actually help students learn language. It works well for review, as a P.A.T. option, or for a sub plan activity. Download the editable form here.

  1. Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 2.28.10 PMPost all of the target terms from the course on the board (in the target language). (Alternatively, you could play it by reading a text, as is done with this ready-to-go STRIP BINGO activity.)
  2. Have students fill in their bingo boards with words from the board. They can use any of the words that they wish, and they may write them anywhere they wish.
  3. Play Bingo! I have two different ways to give students the words, but I’d love to hear your ideas: (1) give them the word in English so that they need to translate it into L2 in order to mark it, (2) read them a sentence with the target word embedded in it so that they need to listen critically to pick out the word
  4. Play several rounds WITHOUT having students clear their boards. In order to do this, we play until a student gets one BINGO, then until a different student gets two BINGOs, then either “four corners” or “top and bottom rows”, then “blackout” (if you want to spend that much time playing…I never do).
  5. Once you’ve played for as long as you want, have students choose one of their BINGO rows (most students should have at least one by now; if they don’t, have them choose their row that is closest to completion).
  6. Students must write a story that includes those five words, underlining the five words in their story as they write. (I’ve included space to write the story at the bottom of the BINGO board.)

9 comments

  1. Nice activity, Martina. Stealing this. A higher level comprehension way to give students the words might be (occurring to me right now) where the teacher says a sentence or beginning of a sentence which LEADS to the target structure/word answer: El niño tenía mucha hambre. Vio la banana y la (comió). It could be a question also: Example: ¿Por qué comió la banana el niño? (tenía hambre). You’d have to keep track of your questions and their order because there could be more than one correct answer on a student’s card. What do you know? a little open-ended differentiation–of course, you would be the judge of correctness ;-). Are you almost ready to deliver, chica? I wish you the very best!!!

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  2. The Free Write is perfect and it’s great that they can write it directly on the Bingo Sheet. I guess I can allow them to play Bingo now – 1 time per a 9-week marking period sounds about right. 🙂 Thanks for another useful idea.

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