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A fun and challenging CCSS-aligned ELA game will give your students practice in identifying and memorizing literary terminology and definitions. This game can be played in partners, small groups - or individually works great too. The process is much as the memory game “Concentration,” with the exception that, in addition to memorizing WHERE each card is, students must match the vocabulary term, not with the same word, but with its DEFINITION. For example, “simile” will be matched with “a comparison using ‘like’ or ‘as,’ – not another copy of the word simile.
Included is an editable version saved as a PPTX and a printer-friendly version saved as PDF.
Copy and cut out the cards ahead of time and save in separate groups. You’ll need a class set for every group of partners. A separate sheet with terms and definitions is provided in case you would like your students to go over the definitions before playing.
There is a back and front (decorated cover) for each card, so players can’t see through the paper. You can laminate for reuse. Store each set of cards in a small plastic bag or envelope to keep separated.
There are 48 cards in a set (24 terms and 24 definitions). Each team of partners will shuffle the cards and place them face down in rows (sitting at a table or on the floor is a plus). Partners take turns flipping over two cards at a time. After flipping over the first card, a player must try to remember where the matching term or definition is and flip that card over. If it’s the correct card, that player takes those two matching cards and continues playing. If the card did not match, the next player takes a turn. They continue playing until all matching sets are taken. The player with the most matching sets is the winner!
English Language Arts games and test review for junior high and secondary students.