In a game that is easily modified for any subject matter, students attempt to generate unique and original lists of words about specified topics.
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Some word games encourage students to find specific words, but it is the divergent thinker who succeeds in Out of the Box! In this language arts game that can be adapted to focus on any subject matter, the teacher separates students into small groups. A topic is presented, and the students are given a few minutes to brainstorm unique and unusual words related to this topic.
For this game, let students use their dictionaries. It will be good practice for developing solid dictionary skills.
When the teacher announces that time is up, s/he reads a list of ten words that have been pre-selected for this topic. If the subject is "cheese," "cheddar" might be on the teacher's list, but "Camembert" is not as common and will likely win a point for the team. Students check their lists as a group and cross out every word that is also read by the teacher. They then award their team one point for each word that does not appear in the teacher's list. Each group reads its list of original words. The students draw a line through any words shared by another team and give their team another point for every word that no other team mentions. A new word is given and play continues.
Create a version of this game for any classroom subject by choosing categories that the students have encountered in class
The student group with the most points at the end of the period is the winner.
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