Game of the Week -19th July 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Summer is here. Maybe you’ve already started summer classes and you’re running out of activities. This week, Teachers House has chosen one game that can be easily used in classes of all ages and in both large and small groups.

Running Turtles!

Turtles are not always in a hurry, but even they get to be in a race to try and become the first turtle to get to the tasty salad at the other end of the fi eld. But since turtles don’t have a lot of endurance, they like to rest once in a while – preferably on the back of another turtle so that they can get carried for a little while.

How to PlayBefore starting the game, each player secretly draws a color to know which turtles they are with. Turtles’ movement is controlled by cards drawn from a common pool (always chosen from 5 cards in hand). These cards depict colored (one-color or rainbow) turtles and movement (1 or 2 steps forward, 1 step backwards; also, in case of some rainbow-colored turtle cards, moving the last turtle forward). When a turtle moves on a space where another turle is waiting, it is placed on the top of that turtle. When a turtle with other turtles on its back is moved, all the other turtles on top of it are carried with this turtle. The first turtle to reach the last field wins.

Younger Students

For younger students, simply play the game as a race. You can take out some of the special cards and play cooperatively. Every one must reach the finish line to win. This is because younger kids have a hard time keeping their turtle’s secret identity. This game is a great way for them to practice taking turns. For more English, ask them a question before they can draw a new card. 

Middle to High School

Add strategy into the game. Have students work in pairs or small groups to come up with a game strategy based on their cards and their assumptions of the other teams. Add more English by writing words on the stepping stones. I put a strip of tape and use a whiteboard marker so I can change the words each game. 

Large Groups

Assign group tasks to be completed to earn a turn at moving your turtle. You can use it as a simple race or add in the cards and strategy to make it more interesting.

Summer Camp Idea

Make a life sized turtle race track in the local park or playground. Assign teams a turtle color and work through stations to complete a move. Use a range of speaking and physical activities to add some fun.

The Best Thing About This Game

Not only is this game versatile, fun, suitable for a range of ages, abilities and class sizes, it has to be the absolute best value for money resource you’ll ever find!

Click here to buy —> Running Turtles

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