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Dictionary Deception

Students worked hard all week? Do they deserve a special reward for a job well done? This activity will offer students a nice break from structured learning. Adapt it to fit your needs. Have some Friday Fun!


This game is based on a popular box game. To start the game, the teacher chooses a word for which no student will know the meaning. The teacher writes the word on the chalkboard and writes the definition of the word on a sheet of paper from a small pad.

Then the teacher hands a sheet from the same pad to each student. Each student must write on that sheet his or her name and a made-up definition of the word. The teacher collects all the definitions.

One by one, the teacher reads the definitions. Students consider each definition. Then, as the teacher rereads them, the students vote for the definition that they believe is the real meaning of the word. Students earn a point if they guess the definition correctly; they also earn a point each time another student selects their (fake) definition as the true meaning of the word.

The person with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Click the link below for some sample words you might use in the game.


Ten Games for Classroom Fun
Education World (September 28, 2001)

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Article by Gary Hopkins
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