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 General GameSay It - Basketball!!!


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DATE ADDED: Feb 03, 2011


  Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)ÓBad/Misbehaved ClassesÕ


50 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE:  Have the kids create sentences using words you give them while playing basketball.



  • Gym & basketball
  • A set of vocabulary words: You will need enough cards so that each student has a new word, make sure to use easy words.


  1. After splitting the class into 2-4 teams, have one team on one side of the gym and the other team on the other side (split down the middle by the half court line). Tell the students to spread out as much as possible (in a zig zag pattern).
  2. Show the first student of team A the vocab card and ask him/her to make a sentence using that vocabulary word. For example, if you using the student the vocabulary word 'dog', the student might for this sentence: "Dogs have long tongues." Once they form a sentence, pass them the ball.
  3. Show the next student (in the zig zag pattern) a new vocab card and have them make a sentence with it. Once they make a correct sentence, the student with the ball (who you passed to earlier) passes to the next student.
  4. Continue in this way until it reaches the last student who has to shoot the ball in the basket.
  5. The fun part is that both teams are doing this at the same time (hence the need for a JTE and ALT) and the first team to make a basket receives a point.
  6. The first team to five points wins.


  • If it get too easy (it probably will quickly), make the game harder. Instead of each student making a one sentence, force them to listen to all of their teammates sentences too. Before they can pass the ball to the next student, they have to say the sentence that was said before them (by Student A), finally forming their own. Then, Student C has to say Student A's and Student B's sentences before making their own. The last student has the most difficult job because they have to say everyone's sentences before forming their own.
  • Instead of a forming zig-tags, you could split the class up into 5-6 teams and line the teams up on the free-throw line and give each team a ball. Say a random vocabulary word, and the first student to make a sentence with that word gets to shoot. If they make it, one point. If they miss, that student (and only THAT student) goes to the back of their team's line. Rinse and repeat. WRITING OPTION: Tell the students to bring their notes and pencils to the gym. Use the last 15-20 minutes of the class as a warmup, where the students have to write the sentences they created, which should be about 4-5 of them. For the most part, the students will remember all of them. If you think their memory should be a problem, tell them to write the vocabulary word down after they go to the end of the line.


  • Check with the sports teacher before you do this game to make sure nobody is using the gym.
  • Not much, it's a pretty adaptable game to whatever you'd like to do. Have some fun and get out of the classroom for a bit!



  • Make sure to keep the game moving, otherwise it can get a bit dull.

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