This game is aligned to the common core standards. It targets frequently occurring Tier 2 vocabulary words from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade curriculum, explaining answer choices, and making connections with vocabulary words to real world situations. The questions about frequently occurring Tier 2 vocabulary words are presented in yes/no question format. Research shows that helps students learn to think rationally about the meaning of words and also allows them explain their answers. This game can be used in for small group instruction, literacy centers, and speech therapy.
This game includes a game board, game pieces, and 36 cards to target frequently occurring Tier 2 vocabulary words.
How to Play: Place the game board in the middle of the table. Separate the students into two teams. Shuffle the green cards and place them in a pile face down next to one team. Shuffle the brown cards and place them in a pile face down next to the other team. Choose a team to go first. One student from the team then draws the card from the top of the pile. The teacher or the student then reads the question on the card. Once the student answers the
question they then receive the number of game pieces (brown or green circles) indicated at the top of the card (1, 2, or 3). There are two options for game play. The students can place the chips on the board after they have answered the question or you can use the game as the reinforcer at the end of the activity. If you choose the second option have the students hold all of their chips and wait until all questions have been answered, then the two teams can take turns placing one chip on the board at a time. With either option the object of the game is to get four of your game
pieces in a row, either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. The first team to get four of their chips in a row wins!
To extend the activity you can talk about synonyms and antonyms for the targeted Tier 2 vocabulary word. You could also talk to the students about real life experiences that they may be able to connect to the vocabulary words (i.e., telling that their favorite beverage is water).