Looking for gold
My students love this activity so much, they want to keep playing it over and over! Finding gold is pretty exciting, you know! The other great part of this activity is that it can be used to practice just about any speech or language skill. All you need to do is alter the stimuli that you use. St. Patrick’s Day coin and card stimuli for /k/, /l/, and “r” sounds are included for members.
What you need:
- Pairs of stimuli coins or cards
What to do:
- Place/hide one set of coins (or cards) around the room so that the words are face down. They should be easy to find and access.
- Deal out the other set of coins (or cards) to the students. If there are any extras, place them in the middle of the table as bonus cards.
- When you say “Go”, the students quietly go around the room looking for the matches to their coins. If the coin they find isn’t theirs, they quietly put it back. If it is theirs or is a bonus card, they take it back to the table and set it down.
- When a student has found all of his/her matches, he/she quietly sits down and waits for the others to finish.
- When all of the students have found their coins, let them take turns saying their words, naming their antonyms, etc. I like to let the students say their words in the order that they sit down.
The students love finding their cards and usually want to play again. Just separate the cards out and hide one set again. It’s okay if the students know where the cards are hiding because they don’t know which ones they will be looking for.
Have fun and let us know what your students think about this activity in the comments section!
Page of blank coins (PDF)