Introduction: Zombie Shooting Game - Games for English Teachers (ESL) and Parties
This game rewards answers with being able to throw a ball at zombies on a blackboard. It is a useful game for working with at-risk learners. Students love the idea of being able to throw a ball to whack a zombie off of the blackboard! This game has caused some of the most laughs in class and every student participates actively. This game can be adapted to suit any school subject.
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Step 1: Creating the Zombies
You will need:
- 10 copies of the attached file
- Glue gun
- Hot glue
- Plastic straws
- Magnets of decent strength
To create the zombies, laminate the pages and cut out the zombies (you don’t have to be accurate). Cut the plastic straws into one inch lengths. With the glue gun, put a good dollop of glue in the middle of the back of the zombie. Put the end of the straw into the glue, twist to ensure glue is distributed, and hold until the glue dries. Glue the magnets to the other side of the straw. I recommend having the glue gun in your classroom the first time you play the game as some are bound to break that are less secure.
Step 2: Directions for Play
You will need:
- 4 medium plastic lightweight balls
- A set of questions to ask the students (of varying levels)
It is up to teacher discretion how to play this game as changes are easy to make. Here is one recommended way.
Put the students into groups of 3-5. However many groups there are decides how many groups of zombies you will use. Number the groups, and then stick the zombies into coloured groups on the board. Assign each group to a colour of zombie and use their group number to help them remember which one is theirs (write it above the zombies).
Students will do Rock-Paper-Scissors to choose the order. The first student stands up. Ask a question related to your content area. For ESL students, I have a list of Halloween questions that I use about different monsters. Some sample questions I use are at the bottom of the page.
This game can also work well for parties for children and adults alike.
Note - blackboards will withstand the blow of this game better than whiteboards. I would imagine whiteboards would become easily scratched with this game. My blackboards have never been damaged from this game.
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