I can assure you that, students remember and correctly spell about the same number of EASTER words after learning with HOPSCOTCH, as they do after a teacher-centered lesson.
Importantly however, they enjoy playing this game very much and they report better attitudes towards studying English after learning vocabulary with HOPSCOTCH and games in general, compared to traditional teaching.
All that is required for this fun game is a few Easter sight words and sidewalk chalk or masking tape.
On rainy days, consider using masking tape on a floor and write each Easter word on a piece of tape or index card – just make sure kids do not slip on the index card while playing the game.
You can also use the “portable” Hopscotch, like the one in the photo below…You can carry it with you to a different classroom each time, in case you don’t have your own classroom!
- You can play with Easter pictures to help aid recognition or practice new words.
- Add numbers to aid in number recognition and practice plurals. eg ” Seven eggs”
- Add colors to help with color recognition, too.” Seven red eggs”
- Play with spelling words. Have child read word, then look away and practice orally spelling the word.
- With older students, play with vocabulary words –child tells you definition of word they land on.
- Play with English words and mother tongue .For example, write an Easter word like “Church” and child has to tell me word in mother tongue..
- Spell hopscotch:Give each student an Easter word to spell as she jumps through the boxes. If she spells the word wrong, she must repeat that word on her next turn. The first person to get through the entire board wins a point for her team.
8.Word hopscotch:Method: – Draw a simple hopscotch outline on the floor with chalk , use tape or use the “Portable” version of it.
– Children take turns to hop (walk or jump) from square to square – On each square they say an Easter word that they know. These may be words in general, or words associated with a particular Easter topic or theme, eg Spring, Food, Traditions etc. – When they run out of words they must ‘give up’ .
Variation: – Teacher puts pictures /flashcards of familiar Easter objects on each square -Children must name the objects as they hop onto the square…… More difficult: -Children must say something about the object in the picture.