A fun word game, where students challenge each other in the spelling and formation of words.
What is learnt?
Word formation, spelling, & words ending in suffixes (i.e. -s, -ed, -ing, -er)
Prepare three large cards with wide on one, narrow on the second and broad on the third.
How the game is played:
The aim of the game is to avoid completing a word yourself and to force someone else into completing it later.
- Ask a student to call out a letter. It should be the first letter of a word she can visualise. Write the letter on the board.
- Ask the student next to her to call out a letter. Write it immediately after the first one. Continue with the next student in line and so on.
- The student whose turn it is can call out 'I challenge' instead of a letter. A challenge can be because no possible addition of a letter / letters will make an English word. If the student who provided the last letter can suggest a word, the challenge is defeated. The round is over. The other grounds for a challenge is that the letters on the board already make a word. This challenge can be defeated if the student who is being challenged can make a longer word which they say out loud. The round is over. Start a new sequence.
- After a few words done round the class the exercise can be done by the
students in small groups.
Challenge 1: The first four students produce 'gree'. The next student challenges but can be defeated by student 4 suggesting 'greed'. Challenge 2: The first five students produce 'red'. The next student can challenge because this is a complete word. Student 5 can defeat the challenge by saying 'reddish', 'redder' etc.
Acknowledgments: Thanks to Graham.J.B. for submitting this game to us.
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