BUMP is a favorite two player game used in numerous elementary classrooms to typically practice math skills. However, it can be modified for use in ELA, science, or social studies classes as well. All that is needed to play is a set of regular dice, a BUMP gameboard, and two different colored sets of 10 markers (unifix cubes work especially well).
In this set of four BUMP games, students practice identifying synonyms for eleven common verbs: say, run, laugh, move, eat, make, help, choose, walk, teach, change. The BUMP games increase in difficulty from edition one with simpler, more familiar synonyms to edition four with more complex, less familiar synonyms, thus allowing for differentiation.
Each gameboard comes in a full color version and a black and white version complete with directions. The colored version is meant to be printed on heavy paper such as cardstock and laminated for repeated use, while the black and white version is meant to be printed, used, and disposed after several games have been played.
A master answer key, containing all four game edition answers, is included. In addition, individual edition answer keys are provided. Cut apart the four individual answer keys for easy student use.
Set aside time during ELA class for BUMP tournaments, place the games in a literacy center, or assign the games to students who need extra skill practice.