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 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!):
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.
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.