Middle School ELA Game Bundle
Days between vacations, picture days, half days, ends of the quarter -- they don't have to be a waste of time! I love to use these days to review concepts we've learned throughout the year in a fun and engaging way. This bundle includes 16 files (30 games)
that I use to either review or introduce ELA concepts with my students. The following games are included:
This fun scavenger-hunt game gives students the opportunity to find examples of alliteration in a variety of random photo collages.
This activity gives students valuable practice with both mythology-based and pop-culture-oriented allusions as they blend the two in a hilarious, brain-stretching exercise.
Descriptive Writing Game
This fun writing activity helps students to think outside the box by describing bright images of abstract shapes and textures without using shape or color names. After writing descriptive paragraphs for these images, the class gets to listen to the descriptions and guess which image they describe!
Fragment Sentence Game
Review fragment sentences and how to fix them with a fun game that features a topic your students love – sports! This game includes instructions for both a quiet indoor game and an active outdoor game, along with 24 fun-fact playing cards – half containing complete sentences, and half containing fragments. Each sentence revolves around football history and trivia!
Group Reading Game
Middle school students need to understand effective group-reading etiquette from the very beginning, and this funny game raises awareness of common mishaps and how to avoid them.
This fun showdown gives students the opportunity to practice creating original hyperboles. Students are split into teams and given cards that prompt them to describe different classroom objects with positive and negative hyperboles. Then the teams must duel as they read their opposing hyperboles at the front of the class. This activity prompts many laughs and plenty of good practice!
This fun review game gives kids valuable practice at distinguishing the difference between situational irony, dramatic irony, verbal irony, and no irony at all. Students are split into groups, and each group is given 16 examples of irony. Each group then races to correctly sort the example cards into situational, dramatic, and verbal categories (along with a “no irony” category, because we all know the phrase that’s so ironic is the most misused phrase in history!). This game gets students talking about the differences and helps them recognize irony more easily when they encounter it in their assigned literature.
This student-centered lesson challenges students to arrange pre-written sentence cards in the order that makes the most sense to them. Then the class discusses why they arranged the sentences as they did and why sentence order matters in a persuasive paragraph.
Rather than read a long list of classroom rules and procedures, play this fun game with your students on the first day of school. Students act out the correct and incorrect ways to address common classroom situations, and you get a chance to show why your classroom expectations make sense!
Public Speaking Games (4 Games)
Public speaking can seem like an impossible task to many students, but it doesn’t have to feel that way! Students can tolerate – and even enjoy – public speaking when they learn it in a fun and engaging way. These 4 hilarious public speaking games get students comfortable in front of a classroom and prepare them for more serious speeches later on.
Simile and Metaphor Game
This fun game gives students the opportunity to practice both identifying and writing similes and metaphors. Students are split into teams and given game cards with descriptive sentences. They must determine which sentences contain similes, which contain metaphors, and which contain neither. Then they must write original similes and metaphors, all while racing against the clock. Competitive students will love this method of review!
Slow the Action Writing Game
When my writing students struggle to slow down the action in their stories, I enjoy playing this game with them. First, students are given a "fast" scene -- one that is contained in one sentence and can be read in fewer than 5 seconds. Then the class is broken into teams, where they imagine that this scene is the climax of a story. They then use imagery, dialogue, and other techniques to slow down the clock and draw the reader into the story. After a set amount of time, the slower scenes are read aloud, and the students vote on which one feels the "slowest" as they discuss what makes a scene feel fast or slow.
Socratic Seminar Game
Students love to discuss their opinions with each other, but sometimes they need help learning how to have a proper give-and-take conversation. This game has 15 conversational faux pas that students often make. Before students have a Socratic Seminar, they can act out these common mistakes so they can see how not to discuss their opinions. The activity is funny, and it helps to raise their awareness!
In this game, the class is divided into groups of 3 or 4 students each, and each group is given a random “Concrete Object Card,” along with an “Abstract Idea Card.” Groups must then find and explain connections between these seemingly random items and ideas. The first round is difficult for many students, but they catch on quickly as they learn to find meaning in the ordinary.
This game gives students valuable -- and fun -- practice in finding universal themes in literature. First, the class reads a poem together. Then the teacher gives one letter of the alphabet and sets a timer. The students must list as many universal themes starting with that letter as they can find in that poem. Then the students read their universal themes, and cross off any that their classmates also have. This promotes creativity and heightened analysis, as students will want to have the most unique themes possible!
These games help students review vocabulary words, and they can be used with any vocabulary list! The games are identified as visual, auditory, and kinesthetic for learners with various needs.
Each of these language arts games is available for individual sale, and you can click on the links above to preview each activity.
The games are available for a 20% discount
if purchased together in this bundle.
I hope your students enjoy these games as much as mine have!
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