ESL Games that you can use in every class are hard to find. That’s what makes Where is it? a special game.
The school I work at teaches a different phonic sound in our baby classes every week. The first week of the year is A-A-Alligator and the 26th week is Z-Z-Zebra. The lesson topics change every few weeks but the phonic component is a constant.
A classic ESL activity that we use every week is Where is it? The only materials required is a dual set of phonic cards. You can find these on a lot of different websites. I found my set on KIZ Club.
Each letter of the alphabet has 5-8 cards. One version of the card will be in black and white and it’s matching card will be in color.
How to play:
- Before your class starts, hide the colored version of the alphabet cards around your classroom.
- After introducing and repeating the phonic sound a few times hold up the black and white version of the alphabet cards with the back of the card facing your students.
- Keep the cards facing you and say the word on the first card. This is to prompt your baby ESL students to repeat the word.
- Once they have repeated the word turn the card around so that they can see the picture.
- Then ask “Where is it?”
- It helps to put your hand above you eyes to mimic looking for something.
- The students will then have to stand up and look around the room for the card.
- Once your students find the card, congratulate them and say the word again.
- Repeat until you have finished all of the cards.
This game has lots of opportunities for extra language. If a student points to the wall, you can say “there“? If they point at the ceiling you can act confused until you solicit the word “up“.
This is a great ESL game that has worked week after week for years. Like most ESL games for babies it often relies on your ability to act excited.
* If you want to use this game but don’t have a set of phonic cards with doubles you can combine this game with ESL Game #044-Slow Draw and slow draw the black and white version of each card while your ESL students find the other card you’ve hidden around the room.