You can view the video of this game in action at the bottom of this blog post but please read the instructions here to make sense of it all.
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The Basics: This can be played by using magnets to put the flashcards on the blackboard (as in the video below), but personally I've not had much luck doing it that way. The students show so much enthusiasm that the magnets fall off and the cards fall on the floor (sometimes if you just don't have the space, you just don't have a choice) Therefor I recommend this set up : Arrange 13 desks in a horse shoe shape, split the students into two teams and get the teams to line up at either end of the horseshoe of desks. Place the picture flashcards face up, one on each desk and get ready to play.
Playing Slam is really very simple. The first student from each team starts their journey across the board or around the desks, heading towards the other teams home base at the far opposite end. As they go along they must touch each card and say what the picture is (I write the object on the back of my cards so if they are learning the vocab or forget, they can turn it over to remind themselves...the downside for them when they do this is it slows them down giving the other team an advantage to mow them down quicker)
At some point (usually somewhere around the middle) the two students will meet face to face. These two students will now have to face off in a Rock Paper Scissors challenge. The winner of this contest wins the right to keep progressing along the line of vocab review cards, touching and naming the flashcards as they go, all the time edging closer to the goal of reaching the other teams home base at the other end of the line. Meanwhile the loser of the rock, paper, scissors contest has to go back to his home base and join the end of the line and wait for another turn to play whilst the next student in line quickly starts again from their first card on the journey working around the flashcards until they run into their opponent who is probably now getting close to invading their home base.
When a team finally makes it to the home base of the opposing team, there will be huge cheers. Keep score on the board to see which team will be" The Slam Game" champions.
It's a great way for the kids to learn and remember new vocabulary,
A Handy Hint: Many students from Asian countries will rote learn and memorise a sequence of words in no time purely by using their memory...To get around this problem and make sure they are actually recognising the objects, change up the order sequence of the cards after each successful round has been won and completed... and keep spare cards to totally interchange some cards in and out of the line sequence.
Here's a video of a china class playing on the blackboard due to lack of space.