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(My sporcle post)
Sporcle.com is a page that provides a huge collection of quizzes of all kinds. For my classes I like using those where language has to be linked to imagery. There are some very creative ideas on this site waiting to be discovered. You can add them to a class at the end when some time left or at the beginning as an introduction or supplement to a topic.
Sometimes, when you start with a sporcle quiz it can also evolve into a full swing lesson. This happened in one of my classes when we played a geography quiz where you had to identify all 50 states of the USA. For one, it took much longer than expected, and then we ended up talking a lot about the single states, researching them on the internet. For something like this to happen, though, it is important to change the setting “timer” to “practice mode”.
And, as with all these kinds of pages, they are overwhelmingly rich in what they have to offer and what you can choose from, so you need to keep a close record of those items you found for yourself or your groups that were of special interest or most enjoyable. Besides being fun, sporcle quizzes are great for visual, topical vocabulary practice. Below is a selection of sporcles I have done and liked.
Note: I make it a point to buy subscriptions to all pages or resources I use on a regular basis. For one, to keep them ad free, but, more importantly, to keep them – period. Nobody can offer stuff for free long term, there has to be some source of income. And the internet makes it possible for all of us to contribute small amounts to keep things running. I never understand why it takes Wikipedia so long to reach its annual donation target. Wikipedia is an astounding phenomenon. The quality of most articles is high and regularly checked; you can get a whole education from Wikipedia, no matter what some teachers(?) might tell you.
So I also have a subscription to Sporcle. (Sporcle with ads is pretty unbearable, to tell the truth).
In general my favorites are those with visuals. There is a little symbol behind each quiz that tells you roughly what kind of format it has.
Recently played and found good
Some more from category Language: 8-letter vocabulary
Music: Beatles Songs by Image
Sounds interesting, haven’t done yet: The Third Thing you Need to Know (series; my favorite series, so far, has been Who Am I? see below under History)
And it’s Halloween time again: Halloween Trivia Field
And another vocabulary quiz: The Definition of MSU
I Have A Feeling – also great vocabulary practice
Structural Engineering: Can you pick the static term…. this one is definitely our of my range of expertise, but could be interesting to try in conjunction with checking images of the examples mentioned.
Insurance terms (short, for review)
Flag emblems (very challenging)
Flag Border Maze Quiz (this one too, but interesting idea. If it turns out to be way too difficult, open a map…(you still need to know the flag))
Deceptionisms (Strange words, are they real?)
Extinct animals (too difficult, but sounded interesting)
Speed Geography (fun)
Super Science Bunker (minefield)
This whole section is interesting.
100 years of words III Goes through 70 up to late 90ies
Sports 7 -1 (teams sports e.g.)
History – Match persons with images
Who am I History Famous People
Historical figures featured in Indiana Jones (one of my favorites)
Smithsonian Timeline – Match the items from the Smithsonian collection with when they were produced or created (rather challenging I thought, but worth trying)
The TIME of the Americas – pick the correct TIME magazine cover
Updates/new sporcles July 2023
Two movies that couldn’t be more different from each other came into the movie theaters at the same time, which has been followed by quite some comments and some sporcles.
Barbie sporcle – Barbie by occupation
The Shining, also worth re-watching around Halloween, is considered to be one of the best Stephen King adaptations. For those who know the movie, there are some fun Sporcle quizzes related to various aspects of the film.
Figure out the movie from the emojis
Plants and Flowers (in film titles)
American Werewolf in London (very difficult)
Name the fruit by pictures of its inside
Harry Potter sporcles
Harry Potter: Close-Up Quiz, places and things in close up
Match the screen shots There are so many screen shot quizzes or match the scene with the hint, I won’t list too many. This can be just explored on the spot with Harry Potter fans.
Holiday sporcles (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween)
Christmas Quiz, 15 quiz questions covering different fields
16 Little Christmas Pictograms, an emoji quiz
Can you name the Christmas movies? Christmas film scenes quiz
Can you name the 24 Things associated with an American Christmas
And some more Christmas food from different countries
The good thing about online teaching is having the internet at your disposal. Things can develop spontaneously (and differently from originally planned – I would have definitely failed every German teacher training exam where you have to follow your lesson plan to the minute with anticipated learning goals – OMG I would have sooo failed :-); and keep being reminded why I didn’t want to become a school teacher).
In my last Christmas session, we supplemented a Christmas food quiz with How to Make Christmas Pudding and spent some time with listening to Jamie Oliver, with and without subtitles. From there I searched for more Christmas related cook shows. One I found and liked is related to the Christmas pudding topic – How to Make it the Victorian Way. Another is an episode of The Hairy Bikers, also one of my favorite British cook shows. The topic calls for a post of its own.
Thanksgiving trivia (some quiz questions relating to historical aspects connected to the holiday. A note of caution here: Many common American historical narratives are more mythical than factual, so for a more differentiated historical review of Thanksgiving you will have to go elsewhere ;-)).
Halloween Sporcle costums pictograms (a little challenging)
Halloween related things (Halloween images)
(Original selection to be integrated into the above list)
Plants and Flowers (in film titles) I went to this category after watching the video of the opening concert of the Barcelona Opera House after months of being closed due to corona. This is the greatest most fascinating concert I have ever seen.
Health and Diet (7) Technical terms
Film sporcles The Shining Psycho Hitchcock movies match the year American Werewolf in London (very difficult) Complete the film titles Actors of Marvel movies Bad movie dads Star Wars pick the right movie scene Match images from same movies Movies that feature contagious diseases and outbreaks
(Not a sporcle quiz): The most popular Pandemic Movies
Household items by pictures
History Match the image with the event
US politics and history Senate or House