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Students try to match the words that appear on the teachers list.
parts of speech, game, noun, verb, adjective
For this simple game, arrange students into pairs or small groups. Choose a category/topic for the days game, such as
As students are doing this activity, let them know that you will be creating your own list of 10 words that fit the category. (Alternative: You might have come up with your list of 10 words in advance.) The object of the game is for them to match the words that appear on your list. Your list of 10 words might include some of the words you expect students to include on their lists. In addition, you could toss in a few challenge words" that might not be on the typical student list. By including some more difficult words, you will be challenging students to think more deeply as they create their lists.
If the students come up with more than 10 words in the allotted time, they must narrow their list to 10 words.
When time is up, share with students your list of ten words, one word at a time. As you share your words, students in each group will check off or circle each one of your words that also appears on their own list. Which group matches the largest number of words on your list? That group wins the game.
More Notes About the Game
Student teams will be awarded a point for each word on their list that also appears on the teachers list.
Alternate scoring method: The teacher might assign different point values to the words on his/her list. For example, the teachers list might include 1-point words (simple words that are likely to appear on student lists) and 2-point words (more challenging words that are less likely to appear on the typical" student list). By including two levels of words, the teacher will encourage students/teams to think more deeply as they create their word lists.
Lesson Plan Source
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
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