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Imagery and gameplay based on the actual Connect 4 game
Easily correct mistakes or reset the board
Minimal prep work and simple game mechanics
Play as a reading or speaking game
How to Play
Split your class into 2 teams: Yellow and Red.
To drop their colored puck in a slot, a student/team says the target vocabulary or expression in the white box of row they choose.
The teacher then clicks the team’s corresponding button above the white box to drop their puck.
Then, it’s the other team’s turn.
Teams keep taking turns until one team gets four pucks of the same color in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. That team wins the game.
Further instructions on how to play and edit the game can be found in the notes section of each slide.
To play as a speaking game, use images in the boxes. To play as a reading game, use letters/words/sentences in the boxes.
If using as a warm-up activity, I usually just play one round. If I’m trying to take up more time, I count each win as a point, and the team with the most points when time is up wins the whole game.
(based on experiences from me and other teachers)
Variable. It depends on how many rounds you play and how long it takes a team to get four in a row.
Time: 15min; Students: 16; Skill Focus: Speaking; Finished: Yes (played with middle school students, for low participation classes made a rule that everyone on the team has to say the sentence or I won't move the puck)
Time: 25min; Students: 17; Skill Focus: Speaking; Finished: Yes
Time: 20min; Students: 20; Skill Focus: Speaking; Finished: Yes
Time: 15min; Students: 22; Skill Focus: Speaking; Finished: Yes (All classes finished at least 1 round but no more than 2. Students really liked it, but I had to give them a time limit for choosing a sentence because they would think about their move for a long time.)
Time: 10min; Students: 30; Skill Focus: Speaking; Finished: Yes
Time: 30min; Students: 40; Skill Focus: Speaking; Finished: Yes (played with non-academic high school students- they had to make an original sentence using the target language (present/past tense) plus the word that was in the column they wanted to place the puck. In one class the students were divided into two big teams and a co-teacher alternated calling on a student from each team. In another class the students were placed in teams of 6 and assigned a color, raised their hands to answer (without a designated order), and were allowed to place multiple pucks on the board per turn as long as the incorporated the words in the columns.)
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