Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Jimmy Fallon Guide to Test Prep (Part 3): Idiom Catch Phrase

Jimmy Fallon loves to host mini game-show segments on The Tonight Show which entertain his audiences and reveal the playful natures of his guests.

Sometimes he creates an original game like Word Sneak (A game in which guests are asked to weave random words into casual conversations), and sometimes he plays a traditional game like Catch Phrase (A timed game requiring guests to concoct clues to help team members guess familiar words and phrases.).

Watch Jimmy and his guests (Jim Parsons, Miles Teller and Wiz Khalifa) playing the Tonight Show version of Hasbro’s Catch Phrase.

Catch Phrase Demo

As I watched this segment, I couldn’t help thinking that this Catch Phrase format would be a perfect way to review idioms.

All I had to do is grab a set of idiom cards and a timer (I used a round timer to make it look more like Jimmy's.) - and a display the rules.

What could be easier?

How to Play Idiom Catch Phrase 

Setting Up the Game
Catch Phrase is played by dividing a class into two different teams and having two student representatives from each team gather around a table in the front of the room. (Students from the same team face each other.)

On the table, students will find a set of idiom cards and a timer.

Playing the Game
Each player takes turns trying to get his or her teammate to guess each idiom while holding onto a timer. 

When the idiom is guessed, the timer is passed to the next player. When the timer goes off, the opposing team is awarded 10 points for that round.

Winning the Game
After 3-5 one-minute rounds, the team with the most points wins the game. 

Being a fast talker, a good guesser, and a quick passer are all helpful skills that will help participants succeed at Catch Phrase!

Use your favorite set of idioms or pick up a pre-made set like this one here:
This is the last of the Jimmy Fallon Guide to Test Prep series. 

If you tried any of the featured review games, I'd love to hear about it.

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like so much fun! I bet there are other things you could practice with this game too, but I'd just have to think of them first, haha.

    Sarah | Bright Future Learning Center