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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 17, 2018. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 10, 2018. 79 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

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Students love "Who done it? " games. Murder mystery and solving the crime.  This video  is a nice intro...

I helped organize a two day workshop and one of the presenter/teachers got me thinking about making a nice simple way to play clue in class. So, using his ppt template - HERE IT IS! (thanks a million Bret!)

There are two nice presentations practicing the language of Clue. 

Who did it  |   Clue

There are two ways.

1. Simply use the ppt and play. First have students brainstorm the seating arrangement using the ppt picture and the role play cards. They must provide a reason for where they sat each person. Next, students can guess using the ppt - who did it. The teacher just selects a Person / Place / Weapon (I'll make the ppt more dynamic shortly, right now it is static).

2. Make two copies of the cards. Cut up and turn one face up and from the other shuffle and draw out one Person, one Place, one Weapon . This is the crime that must be solved. Using the cards, students guess and keep track using the handy form where they write in names / places/weapons. First team or person to correctly solve the crime wins!

It sounds complicated but it is very easy! Also, find the original Clue here also!

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Here are the other role play cards plus Clue game.

This game looks very fantastic. But, it's hard to understand how to play.

Using the first way, do students have to arrange the sitting based on the profile?

And who decides a Person/Place/Weapon? a teacher? And each student guessed?


 Also, What is the animation effect of slide 15 for?

 And  the last slide of ppt  means   all of them murdered emily? It's really confusing.

I would appreciate it f you would upload the detaied direction of this game.

Joo Mi,


You are right - the directions assume a lot of cultural knowledge. When I wrote them, I did so quickly but not also thinking about many others probably never having played the game before (Clue, like Monopoly, is  a game most American / Canadian kids of my generation would have played. Probably not the recent kids though - who are into xbox etc!). I'm super busy today but will take do a write up later today.....stay tuned. It is a great game, once you know how it works. 


Funny how you created this game. For some time I approached this idea to my co-teachers however they did not understand. I decided to do it anyway. I had drew the clue board on the board. I did not print a board for each table,  I wanted their attention. I created two games, one original game and another with Harry  Potter characters. Some students in the middle school got carried away and focused on the Potter pictures. It was difficult at first to explain however as we played on students understood. There was a target sentence, students picked three cars to put in the evenlope while the remaining cards were distributed to the teams as clues. A team on the left or the right had to expose one card etc...



You got it right! Sometimes it just takes a little creativity and also "just doing it" . Soon , after repeating, many students begin to understand. With this game, you have to give each student a guessing card. They cross out names/weapons / places as people guess (from the 1 name / 1 weapon / 1place the teacher takes away and which is the answer). 


Students keep taking turns to guess in groups until one says they know the answer. But really there are a million ways to play - I just tried to keep it like a story but Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean versions are wonderful too! Be creative! 

Here is a visual example of the role play cards. 



This is a really nice and simple version of clue - ALIBI.

Fully explained how you might use it in English class. See attached.

Really neat idea. 


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