I created this classroom version of categories to play with my middle school ELA classes. It's a great game because once you teach the instructions, you can use it anytime you have a short amount of time to fill. One round can easily be played in 10 minutes once students have learned the game. And there is no prep involved! Just pull up the ppt and have each team get a paper and pencil. It's that simple!
The game consists of 25 rounds of random categories. Each round has 5 categories. Students are put into teams and once the letter and categories are given, they have 2 minutes to find a word that starts with the given letter for each category. I require words to be written and spelled correctly. And of course, if two teams give the same answer, neither gets the point. This is great because it really encourages them to use their vocabulary and think outside of words they normally use. I also throw in a few ELA items, such as synonyms, antonyms, and parts of speech!
My students love it and ask to play all the time. It has also led to some great discussions such as "Why is squash a fruit?" and "What actually is considered an animal?"
I also include a link to a random letter generator, but you can also choose a letter for them.
I hope your classes have as much fun with this game as mine have! Enjoy!