Doing the 'best time challenge' is just a fun way to get an elementary class to practice asking and answering a target dialogue a few times as a class. Nothing special, but it works and the students get into it.
|Level:||Elementary grade 4 - 6|
|Works with:||Dialogue - A question and answer set|
|Class size:||Medium to large|
You will need:
- A stopwatch
- Ensure the class is able to say the question and answer.
- Students ask the question and answer, one by one, around the class so explain to the students how that will work (for example, up and down the desk rows).
- Ask the first student the question. They reply to you.
- The first student asks the second student and after replying the second student asks the third student, and so on. Continue until everyone in the class has spoken.
- When everyone finishes, make a big show of stopping your timer and telling them their time.
- OK. One more time! Time challenge! - This time, they should try to beat their first time that you secretly recorded.
- The school will have stopwatches but there may not be one in each class, so ask someone before the class to borrow one.
- For some classes, this activity is no problem. For other classes it can be a bit boring. Don't try to beat the time too many times.
- Alternatively, let the first time be a practice, the second time is to see how quickly they can do it, the third time is to see if they can beat that time.
- A thematically different but similar game because it uses time is the bomb game - a high tension alternative.