Materials: A list of common proverbs (click the image below)
Time: 10+ minutes
Targets: vocabulary and expressions, cultural awareness
Basic Idea: Students act proverbs from a list while other students try to guess what the proverb is.
1. Divide players into two groups. Group 1 goes first.
2. A player from Group 1 is chosen to be the actor.
3. The actor is given a proverb and tries to get his/her team to guess what it is.
4. The actor’s team must guess properly within a set period of time (usually 1 or 2 minutes)
5. If the actor’s team cannot guess correctly within the time limit, the opposing team gets 1 guess.
6. Show the answer if it has not been guessed and ensure players know the meaning.
7. Correct answers get 1 point. There are no penalties for incorrect answers.
8. Repeat steps 2-7 with Group 2.
a. Let players think of their own proverbs or use the list provided?
b. Let actors choose proverbs to act or cut proverbs into strips for a lottery?
c. Discuss the list before playing or let players guess without cues?
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
- When in Rome, do as the Romans do
- The squeaky wheel gets the grease
- Beggars can’t be choosers
- You reap what you sow
- A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
- People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
- Better late than never
- To err is human; to forgive is divine
- Birds of a feather flock together
- A picture is worth a thousand words
- An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure
- A journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step
- It’s no use crying over spilled milk
- Don’t bite the hand that feeds you
- Actions speak louder than word
- A watched pot never boils
- Don’t count your chickens until they hatch
- Two wrongs don’t make a right
- Necessity is the mother of invention
- The pen is mightier than the sword
- If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
- Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst
- The early bird catches the worm
- You can’t judge a book by its cover
- Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
- The grass is always greener on the other side
- There’s no such thing as a free lunch
- Fortune favors the bold
- Two heads are better than one