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:

Furniture

Parts of the Body

 

d_____________

b_____________

c_____________

*ch___________

r______________

l_____________

t_____________

 

*th____________

n_____________

s_____________

e_____________

m____________

b_____________

*sh____________

 

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. 

For more posts on teaching vocabulary:

What to do with a word list.

12 Ways to Teach Vocabulary

Flashcards

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