Zombie Shooting Game - Games for English Teachers (ESL) and Parties

Introduction: Zombie Shooting Game - Games for English Teachers (ESL) and Parties

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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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    8 months ago

    I created the following list of questions to ask my students in my Japanese English class. The number next to the question corresponds to the number of balls I would allow them to throw for the correct answer (more difficult questions would get 3 balls).

    In order to get the answers, we have a Halloween discussion at the start of class. I have cards with Halloween monsters and we discuss things about them (attached). I try to vary the grammar points and use this as a review activity. Preview what grammar they will need to know for future tests to maximize the value of this activity.

    1. When is Halloween?
    1. What is your favourite monster?
    1. What Halloween costume do you want to wear?
    1. What do you say when you want candy on Halloween? (Trick-or-treat)
    1. What is the scariest movie you have seen?
    1. What season is Halloween in?

    2. What do zombies eat? (brains/people)
    2. What monster drinks blood? (vampires)
    2. What monster comes from Egypt? (mummies)
    2. What monster can use magic? (witches)
    2. What season do Japanese ghosts appear? (summer)
    2. Which monster is red and has horns? (Devil)
    2. Which monster is very strong and is made of many different people?
    2. Which monster is a man who can change into a dog?
    2. What has 8 legs? (spider)
    2. What monster is made of bones? (skeleton)

    3. What animal can vampires change into? (bats)
    3. What is a Jack o'lantern?
    3. How do you kill a vampire? (wooden stick, etc.)
    3. When does a warewolf change? (during a full moon)
    3. What is a ghost?
    3. How does a witch travel? (by broom)
    3. Name 3 Japanese monsters.
    3. What is a 'kappa?'
    3. What is the scariest thing you have seen?