A fun introductory game to use when teaching the word "diaspora" and the concept behind it. Follows traditional "Balderdash" rules. (This printable is a one-round game.)
Children each get a card to fill out. They write their name, and their made-up definition for the word "diaspora." (The definition can be serious, trying to trick people into choosing that meaning instead of the real meaning--or it can be silly, trying to get people to vote for that definition just because they like it.) Children do not reveal which definition is their own until the very end of the game.
After everyone is finished writing, they pass their cards (face down) to the reader. (This is a great role for the teacher. She does not write a definition.)
The reader shuffles the cards, adding in the "True Definition" card (included). The reader then reads each meaning aloud for everyone to hear.
Afterwards, everyone votes for which definition they think is the real one (or whichever one they want to win). Each child gets one vote. The reader writes the number of votes for each definition in the "Score" box on each card.
After everyone has voted, the reader reveals both the true definition and the identity of the child who wrote the winning definition. It's a fun and memorable way to learn what "diaspora" means!