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Flashcard Game: Climb the Tree

This is a whole class activity which will give your kids some
excellent speaking practice. They will be asking and answering
questions with a goal to reach at the end. A quality activity.

Setting Up the Classroom

On the whiteboard, draw a big tree with two ladders going up either side.

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On the classroom floor, lay a long, straight, single line of flashcards leading up to the whiteboard. Make about 1m of space between each flashcard.

Divide your class into two teams. Get one student from each team to face each other at the end of the flashcard line. Depending on ability level, they can either both just say the word, or ask a question about it e.g. What is it? It's a .....

The pair of students then moves up to the next flashcard and go again. Meanwhile, a new pair of students joins behind them to ask and answer on the first flashcard.

Pairs keep moving on up the flashcard line and new pairs joining behind. Once a pair gets all the way to the front and finishes the last flashcard, they play Paper, Scissors, Stone ­- the winning student moves a marker one rung up the ladder on the whiteboard.

The front pair now walk around to the back of the line and start again. The team to move their marker to the top of the ladder first wins