Dots

I used to play this game when I was a kid, and apparently it’s still alive and kickin’.  You start out with a grid of dots and you and your partner take turns drawing horizontal or vertical lines to connect two adjacent dots.  The object of the game is to use these lines to make boxes in which you write your initials, claiming the boxes as your own.  The person with the most boxes at the end of the game wins.

There are some pre-made, printable sheets of dots here, as well as a sample game.

To adapt this game for use in the foreign language classroom, you can turn it into a spelling/dictation activity.

– Call out a word, relevant to the current unit of instruction.

– Students, playing in pairs, must each write down the word that you say, attempting to spell it correctly.

– The students that spell the word correctly get to take their turn in Dots.  Those that don’t miss a turn.

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