Oct 1, 2012

Flyswatter vocabulary game

The flyswatters and fast pace make this vocabulary game really fun. I originally played it in my high school Latin class, and remembered it years later.

Required Materials

2 flyswatters
List of target words and cues


  1. The teacher writes all of the target vocabulary words scattered across the board.
  2. The class is divided into two teams. A representative from each team comes up to the board and each representative is given a flyswatter.
  3. The teacher reads a cue, and the students might strike the corresponding vocabulary with their flyswatter. The first student to hit the correct vocabulary word wins. You can limit the number of times students are allowed to hit the board to keep them from just guessing.
    • Cues can be anything as long as they allow the students to uniquely guess the word. Typically cues are the translation of the word, or even better, a sentence in the target language with a "blank" where the word would be.
  4. For the student who didn't choose the correct word, or who was slower, you can ask them to give a sentence with the word, and they can receive a point for a well formed, meaningful sentence.


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