Keep language therapy fun, exciting and engaging. This game provides therapists with a fun and motivating game to use with their school aged students while targeting the development of receptive and expressive vocabulary in order to increase student’s comprehension skills and oral expression. Level One and Level Two synonyms are included in this game. Level One words are more common or easier for younger students. Level Two cards are more challenging. The therapist determines the level of difficulty and the extent of prompting or coaching each student will need while playing the game. Many vocabulary words used focus on “Tier 2” vocabulary words that are frequently found in the repertoire of mature language users; instruction in these types of words can have a strong impact on language functioning. The instructor may choose the cards he/she wishes to use to play the game. This game allows therapy sessions to be motivating as well as productive. The preparation time is extremely minimal for the therapist and the game format is simple for even the youngest students.
➢Tier 2 Vocabulary words that are frequently found in the repertoire of mature language users; instruction in these types of words can have a strong impact on language functioning
➢Synonyms- Level One & Level Two
➢CONNECT FOUR game board (included)
➢SYNONYMS QUESTION CARDS (included)
•Level One - more common or easier words for younger students
•Level Two- more challenging vocabulary words
➢Two different sets of colored chips/tokens, one colored set of chips/tokens for each team. Each team will need approximately 20-25 chips/tokens.
2 to 6 players
• Print one “CONNECT FOUR “ game board (page 4) on cardstock and laminate for durability.
•Print one copy of the “SYNONYM” question cards (pages 6-11) on cardstock and laminate for durability. Level One words (pages 13-19) are more common or easier for younger students. Level Two cards (pages 13- 19) are more challenging. Choose the cards that best meet the needs of your students. Cut apart picture cards.
•Separate the students in your group into two teams… TEAM A and TEAM B. Each team is told what colored chips/tokens they will be using to play the game.
Object of the Game:
The object of the game is to get four chips in a row, horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
Playing The Game:
Shuffle the “SYNONYM” question cards and place them in a pile face down in front of students. Choose a team to go first. One student from the team then draws a card from the top of the pile. The teacher then reads the words, one at a time, to that student and the student must provide a synonym for each word read. Once the student provides a correct synonym to given words, the team then receives the number of chips indicated at the top of the card (1,2 or 3). The student then places the chips on the CONNECT FOUR game board. If the student cannot provide synonyms to all the words on the card correctly he/she does not receive the tokens/chips indicated. Play then proceeds to the next team. Students on each team will take turns answering the synonym questions.
The first team to get four of their chips in a row wins.