Teaching language concepts through games is a great way to engage students and build language skills. To teach describing vocabulary words, students need to practice explaining nouns by attributes such as category, function, what parts the item has, how it feels, where you can find the item and so on. Increasing a student’s expressive vocabulary can help with building more complex sentences both orally and when writing.
Directions For Assembly
1. Print the desired game cards on cardstock and laminate for durability. I printed mine on white cardstock and the pictures could be seen slightly by the other team. You can either glue game cards to colored paper and laminate (this will take more prep time) or just use a file folder as a divider to hide what pictures are on the cards. The more cards you print, the longer the prep time will be initially.
2. Print the visuals and/or data sheets that you need for your groups. There are game cards organized by articulation sound, so if you have a mixed articulation and language therapy group, you can target both skills at the same time. Generic game cards are included for your language groups. There are data sheets included for progress monitoring your articulation & language students.
Ways To Use This Vocabulary Game
Name that Word - Break the groups into teams (2 or 3 people per team or it can be you vs the students). One team gets a minute to see how many vocabulary words they can get their partner to guess by giving them clues about the item. The team earns points for every word they can guess. At the end of the session, the team with the most points wins!
Can You Guess It - Have the students ask questions to their partner to get clues about what the item is. They can ask what category group it belongs to? What does it do? Etc.
Use the game cards as a warm-up lesson. The students have to give at least 3 attributes about the 4 nouns on the picture. Use the attribute poster as visual support for students that are English as a Second Language or students with language impairments.
For your mixed articulation & language groups, use the Minute to Win It game and listen for your student’s correct speech sounds while playing the game.
If your students are still limited with their language skills, you can use the cards to have them name one attribute for each word and see how many they can get in a minute. So for example, you can have your students just name the “category group” or “place” where they can find the item.
If you are interested in more activities for mixed groups, check out some of my other resources!
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