Have you tried Kahoot’s new jumble game? It’s fun!
If you are an avid reader of TESL Ontario blogs, you would know Nadeen wrote about it in October 2015 – so yes! Kahoot has been around for a long time. You can read her blog here: Use Kahoot to spice up your lesson.
Now for the newness, which soon will be ‘the has been’ since technology moves faster than a speeding bullet (sorry . . . Superman).
Pick from an existing activity
The new Jumble game is great for students at any level who need to practice word order or any other type of sentence structure. Ready made games are available, but you might want to create your own too.
You may want to try a ready-made Jumble game just to get an idea of what it entails. I’m adding the link to the one I tried: https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/4b59b045-462f-4a95-b41a-f319559a90d4 According to the creator, it is geared to first graders, so watch out!
As with the other games in Kahoot, you can save existing games in your favourite folder and you can also preview a game by clicking the Preview option. Once in the Preview mode, you will be able to join as a player and view the content at the same time in the comfort of one device (in my case, my laptop).
Ideas, Ideas, Ideas
Here are some ideas to create Jumble Kahoots
- Words in alphabetical order
- Simple sentences
- Compound sentences
- Complex sentences
- Verb tenses
Colour Coding Your Jumbles
I’m thinking that for the very beginner, each colour block could stand for a part of speech. This way students can practice simple sentence structures. To raise the difficulty level, the order should not match the regular order of the blocks in the game (red for triangle, mustard for oval, blue for hectogon, and green for square). Students can also create their own Jumbles, and share them in class. A suggestion would be to view them before students share their creations to make sure they are correctly colour coded.
Share your ideas
If you have already created a Kahoot, why not share it with us?