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I Challenge

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

02.01.2007. 05:39


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