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iknowmyabc
October 5th, 2011, 14:57
I got 5mins to explain Halloween to 3rd year JHS students then have 10mins for a quick halloween themed game. Any ideas of what works well in such a short time span?

Jojo
October 6th, 2011, 08:31
I got 5mins to explain Halloween to 3rd year JHS students then have 10mins for a quick halloween themed game. Any ideas of what works well in such a short time span?
a group based quiz - make sure they all have a little whiteboard for each team and make multiple choice questions, that they need to have listened to your talk to answer and throw in a few that they will have to guess. stickers for the winning team and all that jazz

Jojo
October 6th, 2011, 08:32
oh and do it like a jap game show - they all have to show their board with answer at the same time

octopi
October 6th, 2011, 11:37
Meh. Mostly probably every ALT they have had have "explained" Halloween to them, maybe from elementary grade 5 up. Boring. Even I did that last year and they knew almost all the answers and seemed terribly unimpressed and more bored than usual.

Keep it light and fun - something like a card game. For instance, Go Fish but with a monster theme instead. Maybe title it "Go Scream".

Or Pictionary with them having to draw something like "Frankenstein driving a car" or "A witch eating natto" and the teams having to guess the phrase/sentence. I mean, they are close to going to high school, but they are still kids, you know?

The one thing that was a huge hit last year and works better in a short amount of time is "trick or treat" to really introduce the concept. I had a bag full of pieces of paper with "treat" or "tricks" written on them. The tricks were things like "Introduce yourself in English to 5 students" or "Sing an AKB song" or "Do 5 jumping jacks" and then they could get a treat, like a piece of candy or a Halloween pencil or sticker.

jwkelley
October 7th, 2011, 23:16
Find some decent clips from horror movies and make a game out of them somehow. Maybe some sort of mystery mafia killer game. I made a murder mystery video for a festival a while back. Maybe teach them about Halloween pranks.