This game provides a whole-class activity in which students partner-up and compete against each other in a "$100,000 Pyramid" game show format. The 10-round game (plus sudden death tie breaker, if needed) allows students to think critically in order to supply context clues of words to their partners so that the partner can guess the word. Of course, just like the vintage game show, the partner providing the clues is not allowed to say any of the words!
**Note...if the tiebreaker is needed, the duo who says the correct word first is the winner.
This game is saved as a PDF file that includes a printable student score sheet, 10 rounds of game play, and blank templates so the teacher can create more rounds using his/her own words. The directions are ready to project for students to read, and the round "cards" are ready to digitally project as well.
This game always prompted great discussions about denotation versus connotation in my classroom, and my students literally begged for more rounds when we finished. If the chosen words are too easy for your grade level, simply add one additional rule: students may not use the words NOT nor OPPOSITE when providing clues! The rigor will increase immediately. (Try providing clues for the word SKINNY without saying "not fat" or "the opposite of fat.") :)