Yep. For real.
This is definitely a student favorite. We love the fact that they acquire language, chat in the target language and have fun while they are having a blast. It's so amazing that even the Food Truck Garage in Punta del Este, Uruguay does it!
If you've been with us for a while, you know that jugar jueves is a thing. Sure, sometimes we use activities that are authentic games played in the target culture, but sometimes they are for output, reinforcing pros and cons for a debate, for grammar or vocabulary, or like this one, just loaded with input.
Each MesaMima unit is equipped with the 54 questions or statements that your students need to play. All you need to do is buy yourself some Jenga games. This is where you recruit help from a teacher's assistant, parent helper, or your own family. That labor comes really cheap.
Note: In EVERY class EVER, there is a group of students who seem to want to just play Jenga, and completely ignore the questions. Be sure to reiterate that they MUST answer the question that coordinates with the number before moving the block. You will want to monitor groups as they are working as well. At the very end, a quick 3 minute, no-question brain break to see who can build a taller tower can be the carrot that you dangle;)
***Feel like numbering blocks is for the birds? Try turning the questions into a deck of 54 cards, and students can choose a card, answer it, and then choose a block at random. Beware this takes more prep with each unit, but avoids the pre-numbering. Why not just binge watch Elite on Netflix and get to numbering?
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