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Traditional bingo rules/variations apply (five-in-a-row, diagonal, four corners, blackout, etc.) in vocabulary bingo, which can be played by a few students or a whole class.
Charades is the perfect showcase for non-verbal communication skills, and can be played by a large group or only two students. While this game might have limits in terms of the most technical vocabulary, you’d be surprised by the skills of some communicators!
On oldie but a goodie, Memory is a great way for two to four players to practice vocabulary terms in the classroom or at home! Words are written on index cards, along with definitions, synonyms, or antonyms, and then placed upside down. Each player then takes his turn trying to find a match.
Trash Can Basketball
In this vocabulary version of basketball, the class is divided into two teams. Each student at the front of his line tries to guess the content-related word.
The first one to guess correctly gets to shoot the ‘ball’ (wadded up paper) into the ‘basket’ (clean trash can, recycling bin, etc.). Teams get one point for the correct answer and another point for making a basket. The first team to reach fifteen wins!
Armed with fly swatters, two competitors stand in front of the white board, which is covered with vocabulary terms. When the teacher says the definition, the first player to ‘swat’ the correct word earns his team a point. Teams go head-to-head until one team wins by reaching twenty-one.
Rather like charades, students playing vocabulary pictionary try to communicate meaning without speaking. Adding a time element to this game makes it more competitive and fun.
Regardless of the content area, vocabulary is a key to the deep understanding we want for all of our students. Try one of these engaging games with your learners today and watch as they have fun and improve their skills at the same time!
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