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Cognate Game

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This is a wonderful game for the beginning of the year as a teaching resource or just a refresher! I have played it with both middle and high school students and they kept asking to play again and again. The best part is that because it is based on cognates, students of any skill level can play and enjoy it!

1. Print cards on colored paper. One color for the adjectives and another color for the nouns.
 Be sure to use either card stock or plan to laminate them after you are all done.
 Make as many sets as you need according to group sizes. (I have about 35 students and I like smaller groups, so I made 8 sets. One set is an extra, in case one gets ruined.)
2. Cut out each card, being sure to keep the adjectives and the nouns separated into two piles.

1. Both sets of cards are given to each group, face down, and still separated into two piles.
2. Each group decides who will be the judge. I would do this as democratically as possible (person whose birthday falls first in the year, tallest person, etc.).
3. The judge deals out five noun cards to each player in the group, facing down. The judge does not get cards.
4. After the cards are dealt, the group members may look at their cards (still keeping them secret from others).
5. The judge picks up the top adjective card off of the face-down pile, turns it over, and reads it out loud.
6. Each group member (except the judge) picks a noun card out of their hand that they think goes best with the selected adjective and lays it face-down on the table. For example, if the adjective is “sweet” a student would probably pick “cookie” or “banana”. *This is the fun part for students, because they usually think that the least-related choices are the most entertaining!
7. The judge picks up the cards and shuffles them (still without looking at the faces of the cards). This prevents favoritism!
8. The judge lays each card on the table face-up, while reading them out loud.
9. The judge picks their favorite card (the decision is final and cannot be changed). The person who chose the winning card gets to keep the adjective card in front of them (it must be visible to all players since it is the scoring method).
10. The judge collects all of the noun cards and puts them in a “discard” pile.
11. The person to the right of the judge then becomes the new judge (deals the noun cards, picks favorite, etc.).
12. This process is repeated for as long as you wish. When there is not enough noun cards, the “discard” pile may be shuffled and re-used. ENJOY! :)
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