This game is one of those that students will remember for the rest of their lives. I have been doing it for 20 years with students in grades 6-12 and it has always been a huge hit. With poor classroom management, it can be a huge headache due to the excitement it creates. Use this activity sparingly- on a special day, possibly the day before vacation when quiet and order is not generally expected.
To play this activity, you need approximately 20 sentences, or grammatical problems you want students to read or solve. They should be fairly difficult but not impossible. You also need a pile of costumes or crazy clothes. As an ex- drama teacher, I have these in abundance. They don't have to be full costumes and in fact it works better if they aren't. You need scarves, aprons, jackets, crazy glasses, skirts - pretty much anything weird and/or sparkly will do.
The procedure is fairly simple. Arrange the class in a circle so that everyone can see everyone else Hand out the sheet that has the 20 sentences or questions on it. Students will need pencil and paper or white boards. Have students write the answer to your first question -translate this sentence, write ambulare in the first person, imperfect tense. It really doesn't matter. Students then hold up their answers and everyone who got the answer wrong has to wear a piece of clothing from your costume pile. After everyone is dressed, repeat. The winner is the student wearing the least amount of clothes at the end. That's why its called UNstrip grammar. Its about putting on clothes NOT taking them off. Get it?
This game is one that you can guarantee will NOT be played in any other class. Students will talk about it for the rest of the year. "Remember when Malcolm wore...." Part of my goal has always been to make my class memorable even legendary. News of this game will spread far and wide. It's a seed being planted in those hearing the stories. You mean there are monsters AND costumes in Latin?? Hmm.. Maybe I should take Latin.
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