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Don’t Say It is a fun, fast-paced game in which students must try to describe words to their teammates without using the word, or words on the card (compare to Taboo). I developed this game because I wanted my students to work on language skills. The game Taboo had words that were not appropriate for my students and Taboo Junior was no longer available to purchase, so I developed my own. While playing Don’t Say It students will be building vocabulary, using synonyms and antonyms, and painting pictures with words.
Included are 36 different cards
For a player to guess the word another player is describing.
•Divide the players into teams. The “word describer” from Team A will have two minutes to describe the word to his/her other team mates while they try to guess the word.
•The “word describer” is not allowed to say any form of the word on the card (for example, to describe the word “friend”, the word describer cannot say “friendship”, “friendly”, “friendship”, etc.)
•A player from the other team will be the “card monitor” and make sure the player who is describing does not say any form of the words on the card.
•The game moves clockwise so that each person has a chance to be the “word describer” and the “card monitor”.
•No motions or gestures are allowed.
•If a player guesses the word, the team gets the point and it becomes the next team’s turn.
•If the word describer breaks one of the rules, that team loses its turn and the other team gets the point.
•The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
•Use synonyms. Example - if the word is liquorice and the off limit words are: candy, red, black, and movies, students can think of synonyms or similar words. Say, “it is sweet” or “people eat this when they watch a film”.
•Use antonyms. Example - if the word is Elephant, and the off limit words are: large, grey, tusks, and circus, students can use the antonym. Say, “it is an animal that is the opposite of small.”
•Be descriptive and paint a picture with words. Example – if the word is Sneakers, and the off limit words are: shoes, sports, laces, and run, then they need to think of ways to describe the object. Say, “I put this article of clothing on my feet before I play soccer. I make sure to tie them so they don't fall off.”