It’s time to Teach Like The Tonight Show again! I love to watch Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show! It always makes me smile, and I love the creative games he plays with the guests. So I will take any excuse to bring a little Fallon fun into the classroom. I am always looking for ways to engage students and teachers using some of the activities and games used on this ever-entertaining show. (See post: Teach Like The Tonight Show: The #DLDay Hashtag Challenge.)
Jimmy Fallon loves to play games with his guests on The Tonight Show, and one of my favorites is the Word Sneak game. Word Sneak makes a great vocabulary game for students. I discovered this idea from the awesome Catlin Tucker a couple of years ago (see her post here), and I have been using Word Sneak in workshops ever since! Word Sneak is great for vocabulary review, but my personal favorite is to use this game as a pre-assessment. I am a firm believer in pre-assessment to find out what your students already know, and Word Sneak just makes it super fun!
Teach Like The Tonight Show with the Word Sneak Game
Word Sneak + Google Chrome Vocabulary
- Incognito Window
- Google Groups
- Chrome Profile
- Chrome Extension
- Hot Dogs
- Bookmarks Bar
- Chrome App
- Peyton Manning
- Pinned Tabs
Suggestions for Word Sneak Implementation:
- Try to mix it up: If you just use the regular vocabulary that is part of your unit of study, this game could fall flat. Add some fun pop culture references, or celebrities to help students make their conversation funny and engaging.
- Share the word list paperlessly: I used to print out slips of paper with the word lists for each partner so each person could only see THEIR list. That’s fine and does add a little mystery to the conversation, but I discovered that it wasn’t too revealing just to post the words on a slide or web page would everyone could see at the same time. I don’t like using paper, so this has been the best option for me.
- Keep the list short and sweet: If the list is too long, it will become too time-consuming and laborious to keep the conversation going.
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