Halloween ~ “Do You Have…” ~ A Spook-tacular “Go Fish” Game!
This is a fun Halloween-themed game of Go Fish!
It is great to play during therapy, as a fun small group classroom activity, or to send home as carryover/home practice!!
What is Included:
**45 picture cards with a variety of Halloween pictures
**6 Bonus Game Cards: Add cards like, “Go Again”, WILD Card, and Put 1 Pair Back to make game play more exciting!
**2 cue cards: A) Sentence Cue Card: I place this sentence strip cue card out for students who may have a difficult time with lengthier sentences. If I want them to think more about their specific words/describing words and vocab, I put out the sentence strip to relieve some of the pressure. B) Word Bank Card: I put this word bank out for students who may need help retrieving words or generating vocabulary.
**2 Template or “Create Your Own” Cue Cards: I added these because sometimes I like to have the students make their own cue cards...they can generate the sentence as part of the skill practice. I included a Word Bank template too...have the students look at the picture cards and add vocabulary to their own word bank to use later during the game! You can cut the cue cards apart, or keep them together on the same sheet!
**Homework Pocket Folder with Instructions: Make an easy pocket folder! Instructions are on the front of the pocket for parents, simply fold the page in half, glue ONLY the sides (leaving the top open), and place the cards inside...students can now easily take the game home (with instructions on how to play)!!! It also makes a nice storage pocket for the teacher/clinician from year to year!
To Make the game:
--Cut apart the Halloween cards, glue onto construction paper squares, rectangles, or die cut shapes (pumpkin, etc). Make the paper any size you want, as long as it’s bigger than the picture cards!
--Once the pictures are glued onto colored construction paper cards, laminate the cards.
--Put all cards in a pile. (You can pick as many of the cards as you want.)
--I also included the game directions in the packet.
Goals and Skills to Target:
**Correct Word Order: This is a great activity for focusing on correct word order (and even grammar) while asking questions.
**Use of Specific Words and Details: Many cards are similar! Students should include describing details, such as: “Do you have a ghost who is wearing a black polka-dot hat?” Don’t forget to include and model lots of great describing words, such as: spooky, creepy, flapping (bats), bubbling (cauldron), etc.
**Relative Clauses: have the students include phrases such as, “Do you have a cat that is next to two pumpkins?”
**Conceptual Terms: Many of the cards contain cats/bats/ghosts that are next to, above/over, under/below, or behind/in front of items!
**Answering Yes/No Questions and Language Processing Student must listen to their partners questions and scan their cards, this is a great game for language processing! Students must answer yes/no.
**Social Skills: This is a great game to also target turn taking, eye contact (looking at your partner during turns), and accepting game rules/winning/losing. Over the years, I have found that many of my students have difficulty playing the game Go Fish as it involves asking questions, answering yes/no questions, and then picking a card based on the yes/no answer. It is a great game that I fits students aged 4 years through 5th grade! I have used this with 5th grade students who ask to play again!
**Halloween Vocabulary: There is a great variety of items, here are just a few: vampire, mummy, black cat, spooky ghost, creepy spider, flapping black bats, friendly witch, pirate (costume), costume, cauldron, etc.
**Making their own Cue Cards: Have students generate and write their own sentence cue card! You can also have them generate their own word bank on the template provided, this is great for brainstorming vocabulary. Have the students look at the pictures and write down words on their word bank! You can cut the cue cards apart or keep them together on the same sheet.
Homework/Home Practice: If you choose to, you can have the students make their own game to take home to play with Mom/Dad, another family member, or a friend! This is a perfect carryover activity as it is fun, seasonal, and most people know how to play Go Fish!