Students listen to a scary story and reach for an eraser when they hear the target word.
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Originally submitted by Jennifer Murray on Dec 16, 2010.
- "The Guests" story
- One eraser per pair of students.
- Have the students make pairs. Instruct them to turn their desks, so they are facing each other. The students should put one eraser between them.
- Write a key word on the board, such as "usually."
- Instruct the students to put their hands on their heads, for added effect.
- Read the story aloud. When you say the key word, each student must grab the eraser before his or her partner.
- Write the next key word on the board and continue the story.
- You can adjust the level by changing the key words. For Grade 3, I used: visit, overnight, wanted, envelope, restaurant, ago, understand. For Grade 2, I used: usually, stay, saw, enjoy, got, went, said, house, table.
- Being dramatic will help draw in students who get bored easily.
- Lastly, I tried this activity with a small, special class, and they enjoyed it, but perhaps another activity would be better. This activity really worked well with large classes because the energy picked up quickly.
- Ask your JTE beforehand if there are any words they don't know or will have trouble with. If you use a 'target' word that is too difficult, the students get really confused as to whether they actually heard the word or not.
- Also, watch out for flying erasers.
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