Conversation and Tic Tac Toe

I’m always looking for ways to keep my students talking.  Monday’s are particularly difficult days to get them going.  Therefore, I sometimes have to use some bribery!  Tomorrow we are going to be working in groups of four, reviewing everything we’ve been studying in this “Music unit” for the past three weeks.  That means that I’m going to ask them to talk about everything that they can remember about Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes, La República Dominicana, Colombia, the song “Somos el mundo“, the geography of the Americas, problems, conflicts, geographical features, sports, food, types of music, etc.  I will time them (probably 3 minutes).  The rules are simple:  talk and don’t stop.  They can say anything in their group related to the stated directions.  They can respond to what someone has said, they can give information in the form of a question for the group to answer, or they can just add a fact.  Their conversations may sound like this:

  • Juan Luis Guerra es un cantante de la República Dominicana. 
  • Cantó Ojalá que llueva café en el campo. 
  • ¿Qué son unas comidas en la canción?
  • Recuerdo batata, mapuey and yuca.
  • Hay muchas playas en la República Dominicana pero también hay montañas
  • Hay niños que tienen hambre.
  • También cantó El Costo de la Vida.
  • ¿Sabes la capital de la República Dominicana?
  • La capital es Santo Domingo.
  • La bandera es roja, azul y blanca.
  • ¿Quién escribió las letras de Somos el Mundo?
  • Juanes es de Colombia.
  • Hay montañas grandes, se llaman Los Andes.
  • Colombia está en el norte.
  • La República Dominicana está en el Caribe.
  • Está al lado de Haití.
  • Las personas indígenas se llamaban taínos.
  • Juanes canto La Historia de Juan y A Dios le Pido.
  • La Historia de Juan tiene un niño que vive en la calle.
  • Hay muchos niños que viven en la calle.
  • Hay problemas con el abuso, el abandono y el secuestro.
  • La capital de Colombia es Bogotá.

While they are finished, the group of 4 will split to become two groups of two. There will be two dry erase boards, markers and erasers.  One group will become the “X” group, and the other group will become the “O” group.  On one board, they draw a large Tic Tac Toe board.  I will then ask a question for the “X” group and give them 10 seconds to write their answer on the other dry erase board.  If their answer is correct, they get to place an “X” on the Tic Tac Toe board; if it is incorrect, they do not get to write the letter on the board.  The next question is for the “O” group.  Same process.  tictactoeWhen one team wins, they erase the Tic Tac Toe board, and begin again.  Sometimes I have them play one person against the other instead of groups of two against groups of two.  My questions will be like this:

  1. Dos tipos de música de la República Dominicana son……
  2. Juan Luis Guerra escribió una canción llamada Bachata en Fukoaka.  ¿Dónde esta Fukoaka?
  3. ¿Cómo empieza el coro de Somos el mundo en español?
  4. ¿Qué significa “la luz que alumbra con ardor”?
  5. En La Historia de Juan, ¿Qué significa “su luz se apagó”?
  6. ¿Cuál canción tiene las letras “que caiga un aguacero de yuca y té?
  7. La capital de Colombia
  8. La capital de R.D.
  9.  ¿Quién es el niño que nadie amó?
  10. ¿Cuál canción tiene las letras, “Aquí no hablamos inglés “ y “Aquí no hablamos francés”?
  11. Dos industrias de R.D.
  12. ¿Cómo se llaman las montañas de Colombia?

After about 10 minutes of my questions, I ask which group has won the most games.  They are then the winners and get a piece of candy!  A happy way to start a Monday!

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2 thoughts on “Conversation and Tic Tac Toe

  1. I really like the Tic Tac Toe game idea, it could be applied to many different topics and in different settings as well. For example, instead of the teacher leading the activity, you could assign a teacher/leader role to each group. They would have the questions and the answers. It may work better this way in small groups for a large class or a very excitable loud class!

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