Monday, September 28, 2015

Conecta Cuatro - El Juego Tradicional (con verbos)

I was out and about on the web today looking at various games and mining for ideas.  I came across a couple of things, but one thing in particular caught my attention - Connect Four.  It's an old game, really as old as they come - the idea is to get four in a row while keeping your opponent from doing the same.

It occurred to me that this could be accomplished by conjugating verbs on a grid.  Why not?  I see teachers do this with Battleship and Tic Tac Toe all the time.

We are reviewing the preterite in my community college class, so this will be a great way to make the conjugation practice fun!  Click here or on the picture below to download this file.

 Conecta Cuatro by AnneK at Confesiones y Realidades

Students will each need a different color of ink to play.  They decide who goes first, and that person begins by conjugating a verb in one of the boxes.  The opponent does the same afterwards.  Each in turn will fill a box, trying to connect four in a row and prevent their classmate from doing the same.  Traditionally the game is played by two people but, in the case of an odd number of students, I see no reason why three people couldn't play together.

I created a set of four boards that will all fit onto one sheet of paper, to save paper and long copy lines.  They should only play on one board at a time.  (This seems obvious, I guess.  But I have had a lot of unique students trying unorthodox things in the past.  LOL!)

This is a simple idea that I whipped up in about ten minutes.  These particular boards are for a final review of the preterite, but you could easily make them with any verbs and any tense.  Easy, good, fun!  I only wonder why I didn't think of it earlier.

Hasta pronto,



k_halpern said...

I just discovered your blog! How incredible! I followed your posts all the way back to the beginning and love all of the great ideas and your honesty about what worked, didn't work, changes you'd make etc. Thank you so much for sharing and for sparking my creativity again!

Anne Karakash said...

Wow, what a nice thing to say! You've expressed exactly why it is that I do this and you've made my day. Thank you so much for your kindness. --AnneK

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