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In this game students are given a phrase containing a vocabulary word -- say, "tenacious inventor" -- and asked to brainstorm a list of smaller words that use ONLY the letters in the phrase. In doing this, they are using their skills of spelling, creativity, and critical thinking – all while building vocabulary!
What makes this unique is that it's not a flashcard game; students might not remember the exact definition of “tenacious,” but chances are good that they will remember the phrase “tenacious inventor” and be able to figure out the meaning contextually when they next encounter the word.
It's not just for high-schoolers, either! This can be played with kids as young as second grade. It's never too soon to start exposing students to vocabulary in a fun way!