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Kaboom! 2.0

Updated: May 2, 2019

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The idea is simple and well known by many teachers. We take used up ice-cream sticks and write words on them in either L1 or L2. We write the word "Kaboom" on some of the sticks. We put all of the sticks in some sort of a container. One by one students pull out the sticks. If they know the word, they keep the sick; if they don't know the word, they put the stick back into the container. Each stick is one point. If they pull out one of the "Kaboom" sticks, they have to put away all the stick they've collected so far. The game lasts for a limited time (I give my kids 15/20 minutes). The person with most sticks at the end, wins.

It's easy, fast, and helps with quick vocab revisions.

Me being me, I couldn't just take the game as it was. I have to make things "mine". So this post is about how I made Kaboom into Montenglish style Kaboom.

Ice-cream sticks - no! Too thin, too short, too breakable. Fist upgrade in my Kaboom game were wooden tongue depressors. Don't be tricked into buying them in arts and crafts shops, they are way cheaper to buy at your closest pharmacy! I get mine for 5zł (£1) for 100 sticks.

Writing on the sticks - I don't know about you, but I'm a computer kid and I hate handwriting anything. My handwriting is also not the prettiest to look at. So my Kaboom sticks have printed stickers on them. I managed to put 70 words on an A4 sheet of paper. I like this idea better cause I can pick a fun font to write the words in, which makes the game more attractive for the kids. I created a table with dotted lines to make it easier to cut as well. On top of that, if you print on a sticker paper it takes close to no time to put the stickers on the sticks (if you don't have sticker paper, use double-sided tape).

Now ... little fingers like to pick at the stickers and peal them off. So I put sellotape around them as well, to be on the safe side.

Vocab sourse - if I'm making something for my students to work with, I has to somehow correspond to what we do in lessons in general. So all of the vocabulary items come from Brainy (Macmillan Publishing). So I went through the book page by page and picked what I found important.

And so my