A battle power point game similiar to the Battle for Japan activity or Invasion USA. The groups work at their own speed though.

Submitted by UonumaRobert

February 5, 2019

Inspired by: How to make a powerpoint Point Game

Inspired by: Battle for Japan



Estimated time: Including demonstrations it is generally good for about 30 minutes since some groups will go through the questions very quickly.

The first few slides just introduce the grammar point.

There is a three choice quiz to introduce the target language and the things people might want to do in various countries. You could make groups here and stretch this out but I generally just do it with hands up.

The main activity is a writing activity. It is similiar to Battle for Japan but it has two main differences.

Set up the TV and computer or tablet and start the activity. The UFO arrives, a robot comes down and scares off the people. The students will play the role of invading robots and see which color robot army wins the most territory.

There is a demonstration screen with a couple of example questions. Like the battle for Japan game both ALT and JTE will answer each question (There are 2) and take over one of the three territories. After the JTE has answered the second question there is no longer any available territory so the ALT will have to roll a die and get a 4, 5 or 6 to take over one of the JTE's countries. If you roll a 1 2 or 3 you fail to take territory that turn. It is only necessary to roll if the territory you want is already conquered.

To show the questions and answers click on the example questions screen and then on the questions and answers. To take a territory click on the flag to make a robot appear and then click on the robot to change it's color.

NOTE: While demonstrating I generally tell the students they don't have to take the same country as the one they wrote about. They are free to pick any country. You can limit it to just the country they wrote about and I've done that before but I find it a tad easier making it free choice.

Also if you are using a tablet and you trust the students they can tap the screen instead. I generally do this since it frees up both teachers to focus on checking answers and helping. If you do it this way just stay close to the tablet for the ocasionally problems such as the students hitting zoom or accidently closing the slide show.

There are four colors so groups will be allied with each other thus in a class that breaks into 6 groups there will be 2 red teams, 2 blue teams and 2 yellow teams. A class with 8 teams will have two of each color and a class with nine will have 3 of each color.

The main difference between this activitiy and battle for Japan is that once a group has finished one question they can immediately move onto the next question. They either already have the questions on their worksheet or they take their territory and then listen to the next question from the ALT or teacher. They don't wait until all groups are finished. This means it works well for more difficult questions or questions that require longer answers. On the downside some groups will do many questions and others will only complete a few.

The other difference is territory doesn't have to be adjacent to other territory. They can take which ever territory they like. It is not as strategic a game and is not as exciting as battle for Japan but it better for deeper practice.

Every student needs a worksheet and every group should have a group sheet. The group sheet is to make sure they don't answer the same question over and over again.

Once one or two groups are finished I usually stop the activity and check to see who the winner is.

There are only 16 territories because it takes much more time to answer each question. This means fighting over territory will start sooner so that the game gets exciting a bit faster.

To move from the demo screen to the main screen click on the white robot and at the end of the game click on the white robot to move to the victory screen. Click on whichever color won and that robot will grow. It's a pretty basic win. I might add a gif at some point to liven it up.

NOTE: On the main battle screen if you click on the platform it will show the target language. Click again the target language will vanish.

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