Let the Games Begin
Game One: Find that Word
- On the board or overhead, write a list of vocabulary words
- When the students arrive, have each person take out a blank piece of paper
- Have students write all the words, in random order, all over the paper. (Emphasize that you want these words all over the paper in a random order. It will look messy, but there is a method to this madness.)
- After writing all of the words, students are to put circle each one.
Break students into Groups
Now break the class into groups of threes. The students will only need their piece of paper and their notes or textbook with the definitions of the words written out. Next, tell each group to pick a leader. The leader will present his list of words, written in random order and circled, to the other two students in the group. He/she will then mentally pick one of the vocabulary words, without telling his/her group what it is, and start reading the definition. The two competing students will listen to the definition and try to point at the appropriate word first. Once the correct word has been indicated, the leader picks a new word.
Start a New Round
Each group will keep score and when the first student reaches ten correct answers, he/she will then become the new leader. At this point, he/she would pull out his/her list and the other two students would use this new list, which of course looks different, to compete in the same game. If the words are too easy, you can instruct students to give the definitions in their own words as opposed to reading verbatim out of the book. This will really challenge both the leader and the two students competing
Students will get excited and animated while participating in this activity. Let them have fun, as long as everyone is on task. Pick your groups wisely, so you have personalities that work well together. This activity should last about ten minutes after which, move on to an individual quiet assignment, such as putting each of the new words into sentences.