Yesterday, in our last class of the semester, we played a really fun and simple vocabulary game. It was a great hit for the students and all the other staff who came by to join the laughter.
1. Assign a topic you studied in class and provide a list of beginning letters. Here are a couple of examples:
Parts of the Body
2. For two minutes, students work individually to write words that fit the category AND begin with the assigned letters.
3. Then students share their words. This is a good moment to answer any spelling questions. Remember there are many possible answers. The variety in responses is half the fun.
4. Play again with a new category.
* Note: If words in this category start with a digraph, I supply the digraph- ch, wh, qu, th, sh-not just the single first letter.
Do you know? The Science behind the fun
This activity tickles the brain. Our brains store word information in two different ways: by meaning and by sound. Getting the brain to locate both aspects of a word at the same instant is a fun challenge.
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