How To Play Thumbs Up | ESL Classroom Game

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Learn how to play the thumbs up game with this instruction video. Thumbs up, also known as ‘Heads down Thumbs Up’ or 7up is a fun, no prep classroom game that can be used with any target language.

See the video for instructions on how to play.

KEY EXPRESSIONS
You can use any target language you like with this game. Here are some sample expressions you can use with your students:

T: Who was it? / Who touched your thumb? / Who do you think it was?
Ss: It was (Kelly). / I think it was Kelly. /

This game can also be used to practice any vocabulary / expression you want. For example, if you are teaching vocabulary about jobs and occupations, you can give the three students at the front a flashcard each with a job picture on it. Then, when it is time to guess, you can ask students ‘What do you want to be?’ And the student who is guessing can say the job that is on flashcard- ‘I want to be a (doctor).

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24 Comments

  1. It was called 7 Up when I was in school (7 students go up) and we'd say (in unison), "heads down, thumbs up, it's time to play 7 up!". The more students up, the more students get to participate.

  2. Atleast its better then what time is it mr wolf

  3. Wow this video is very good and interesting thank u very much

  4. This game is ridiculous. The kid tries to pick who picked them? But nobody else can confirm if it's true or not since everyone had their eyes closed ! HA

  5. This deserves like just cause I cant make this animation

  6. I JUST CALL FUCKING BULLSHIT ON THE WHOLE GAME!!! I HAVE A GAME THAT WILL MAKE YOU SO MUCH MORE MONEY! HIT ME UP FOR THE SECRETS AND OUR PARTNERSHIPS! THIS IS WAR! I AM MAKING A MUCH BETTER PARTNERSHIP CARD! RUN YOUR CAR ON WATER WITH IT!

  7. I had doubt. If the guess was not taught then same game again will go

  8. I used to play this back in the early 2000's in elementary school 😢

  9. It’s basically called heads up 7 up

  10. It's good game for my class i like it thanks🎉

  11. I doubt it's an ESL classroom game, because it has nothing to do with learning English and this activity doesn't have an academic value. It doesn't even give students an opportunity to produce the language.

  12. When I was a kid this was called seven up. I remember us chanting “ heads down, thumbs up time to play seven up”

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