Fly Swatter Vocabulary Game

A fun and active game to help your students practice vocabulary.
Blue flyswatter hits the word "practice"

This is a great way to practice vocabulary and can be used with words or pictures (or both!) on the cards.

Flyswatter Game

Areas of Practice: Vocabulary 

Source: MNA ESL Training

Setup: Write 9 vocabulary words on a posterboard or whiteboard (tic-tac-toe style). Have 2 (clean) flyswatters ready.

Procedure: Line your students up into two teams, with one members of each team holding the flyswatter. Call out one of the words on the board. The first person to swat the word wins a point for that team!

Beginners: Use pictures instead of words. You also might have the other students shouting directions on the board (especially if you space the words out) “go up! to the left! down!” – this promotes whole-class engagement.
Advanced: Call out definitions, synonyms or antonyms instead.
Virtual: Have students use the annotate feature on zoom to put a stamp on the word.

Activity adapted by Rachel Sloan, originally published in Roanoke Valley English Ministry Bulletin, September 2021. Reposted by permission.

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