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    80 ELA Games

    Fun, educational games are crammed into the vibrant pages of this resource. There are games for individuals, team games, mini writing activities, silly speeches and mysteries to solve. The preview provides peeks into most of the sections. The resource includes a bonus card game: literary devices SNAP! It can also be purchased separately.

    Snap Literary Devices Game

    When even your most academic students are thinking more about the weekend or holiday ahead than about the finer points of your brilliant lesson, then bring on these educational games!

    Here is a list of just the individual games. All games have an answer key! Most involve speed; the first person to finish is the winner.

    Non-rude parts of the body that have three letters.

    Words of 4 letters made from only those in ‘holiday’

    Countries whose letters can be rearranged to make other words



    Vowel-less words

    9 words that can be made from 'Washington'

    The longest list of 11 letter words beginning with ‘e'

    The longest list of sports
    Matching author names to appropriate book titles

    The longest word

    Memory test

    Anagrams of jobs and professions to solve

    10 alternatives to ‘big’

    25 alternatives to ‘said’

    Top 10 lists, such as biggest countries in the world, the fastest animal in the world, most popular food and drinks, etc.

    Literary terms bingo. It includes the bingo card for students, 54 questions on terms, and a 3 page definitions list to be given to students for review before the game commences. This is the only game which requires a few minutes of photocopying beforehand. It can also be bought individually.

    Literary Terms Bingo grades 5-8

    Brain Teaser Mini-Mysteries

    Mini-mysteries are not only fun brain teasers, but also practice listening and inferential skills. They are carrots for the end of the day, or even bell ringers. Alternatively, early finishing or talented students could read the mysteries on their own. The most obvious methods of using these 15 tales are to read each one out loud or to show them on your screen. The students then guess the solutions. If you want them to work a bit harder, they could record and explain their guesses on the included worksheet, and write their own story, using the guidelines. The solutions are on a different page from the story and its question, so that students cannot see them accidentally; that would really spoil the fun! A few stories are ‘one offs,’ but some characters like riddlers Matt and Sophie, and Mr and Mrs Orange and their twins Pip and Peel, appear in more than one tale.

    Included in the resource:

    15 vividly illustrated mini mysteries.

    An optional tips page, explaining the most common mystery/ riddle clue types.

    An optional working page, so students can write down their guesses, and keep a tally of how many mysteries they got right.

    A mini-mystery writing advice sheet, to guide students in writing one of their own.

    A simple teacher rubric to mark the students’ own mini-mysteries.

    I hope that your classes experience as much hilarity from these riddles and games as mine have done!

    For more fun, please check out

    Any Book Hogwarts Sorting Hat

    Public Speaking: Impromptu mini unit

    Want to get students to debate class novels or plays? Try this resource:

    Debate ANY novel or play!

    For writing and sketching fun, take a peek at

    Setting Activities for ANY Book

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    Total Pages
    105 pages
    Answer Key
    Teaching Duration
    2 Weeks
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