This fully animated Concentration-type game is like two games in one. First, students must match paired tiles to reveal a portion of the rebus puzzle underneath. Second, they must figure out the words or phrases represented by the images in the rebus puzzle. In our classroom, students play in groups (up to six different groups can play a single puzzle). Students take turns trying to match tiles and solve the puzzle. There are eleven colorfully illustrated rebus puzzles all (ten puzzles + a “how to” practice puzzle). Each one depicts a common English expressions or proverb, such as: “A penny for your thoughts,” or “You snooze; you lose.”
Use as a ready-to-play Language Arts review of figurative language, author’s purpose, mood and tone, point of view, and parts of speech or customize it to suit your needs. Text excerpts are taken from popular literature and challenge students to critically analyze middle-school level text. Critical thinking skills will definitely come into play as they try to solve puzzles. I teach intensive reading as well as advanced, and students of all ability levels are engaged in this review.
Changing the review content is as easy as click-and-type. If you are an experienced PowerPoint user you can even change the underlying puzzles.
**Note: Many hide-reveal games let you click a tile to remove it, but offer no way to replace a previously-removed tile. This game lets you click to remove a tile and click again to replace it – as often as you’d like. My desire for this feature is what led me to create my own (I like to give hints to keep the game interesting.) If you want to try before you buy, just download the preview. Enjoy!