Fortune teller revision activity

P1130575This lesson idea can be used with kids* to revise 3 sets of vocabulary, spelling and grammatical structures. It’s a fun task, they get to make something and then play with it afterwards. Stealth learning!

First,get the students to think about the vocabulary you want them to use. A board race is a good idea because then you can check spelling (I told students there were x number of spelling mistakes and asked them to find them all, using their books if necessary) and the vocab remains on the board.

Next, model the final product and fortune-telling activity so the students know what they’re aiming for. I did it in this order: Your partner chooses one of the 4 outside words, you spell the word, your partner chooses one of the 4 words they can see inside, you spell the word, your partner chooses one of the 4 inside words they can see, you lift it up and read their fortune. Each time you spell out a letter, you move your fingers so that the fortune teller “opens” one way and then the other way. If that doesn’t make any sense, watch this (thank you Amy and Gary!):

Then, give each student a piece of paper and show them how to make the fortune teller. If you don’t know, I found this guide on google search and there are many more: fortune teller

Explain these next parts very carefully so that the students write in the correct place. The students should now choose 4 items of vocabulary to write on the outside: P1130581

Then they choose another 8 items of vocabulary (from a different set) to write on the inside: P1130582

Lastly, they write 8 sentences using the structure you are revising, and perhaps another vocabulary set, eg. You will leave school at 32, You won’t buy a house in Madrid, You will have 12 children, etc. P1130583

 

If you unfolded the paper, this is what it would look like:P1130573

Now the students are ready to tell each other’s fortune! You might need to help them fold it back up so that they can get their fingers in, and remind them of the structure of the game.

I did this with my class of 10-11 year olds and they really liked it.  We used 3 sets of vocabulary and the structure will/won’t  + verb. When we’d finished I told them they’d revised half of what’s in their exam and it really hadn’t seemed like work.  Can you think of any other ways to use the fortune teller? Would you use it with adults?

*It’s worth pointing out that I can’t think of a way right now to use it with kids who can’t spell yet.

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13 comments

  1. […] This lesson idea can be used with kids* to revise 3 sets of vocabulary, spelling and grammatical structures. It's a fun task, they get to make something and then play with it afterwards. Stealth le…  […]

  2. […] Questa idea lezione può essere utilizzata con i bambini * di rivedere 3 set di vocabolario, ortografia e strutture grammaticali. E 'un compito divertente, si arriva a fare qualcosa e poi giocare con essa in seguito. Stealth le …  […]

  3. Use syllables instead of spelling for younger kids!

    Otherwise I love this. I do something similar with my students, except we make it a game. On the inside instead of fortunes we put points. Then they go from person to person winning (or losing) points. http://eslcarissa.blogspot.mx/2013/05/cootie-catcher-speaking-activity.html talks about it more.

    1. POINTS! Thanks, Carissa! I knew there would be a way but couldn´t think what it could be!

  4. Hi Emma,
    I love the way you’ve used the fortunetellers. A few months ago I used them with my 5 year old students and it all turned out to be so productive and fun I also wrote a post on it. There are photos of the ones we used. They had drawings in them rather than words. The only thing is we didn’t use them to tell fortune but rather as an instrument to practice structures orally. Here’s the link to the post in case you’d like to have a read at it. 😉 http://eltfunatics.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/fortune-tellers-make-them-speak/

    1. Thanks, Laila! Great ideas for the wee ones!

  5. […] This lesson idea can be used with kids* to revise 3 sets of vocabulary, spelling and grammatical structures. It's a fun task, they get to make something and then play with it afterwards. Stealth le…  […]

  6. […] This lesson idea can be used with kids* to revise 3 sets of vocabulary, spelling and grammatical structures. It's a fun task, they get to make something and then play with it afterwards. Stealth le…  […]

  7. […] This lesson idea can be used with kids* to revise 3 sets of vocabulary, spelling and grammatical structures. It's a fun task, they get to make something and then play with it afterwards. Stealth le…  […]

  8. Ewa Grzelak · · Reply

    Great idea! In Polish we call this device ‘hell-and-heaven’ (you make it of paper painted blue and red on the reverse side, as far as I remeber – or maybe black?). Since in Poland it’s associated with contrast, I think I will be using it to revise antonyms.
    Thanks again!

    1. That’s interesting! Thanks, Ewa!

  9. […] This lesson idea can be used with kids* to revise 3 sets of vocabulary, spelling and grammatical structures. It's a fun task, they get to make something and then play with it afterwards. Stealth le…  […]

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