Whatchamacallit? A Context Clues Board Game

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Description

Is there any such thing as too many practice activities for context clues? I think we can all agree on, “No!” as the answer to that question. While there are many activities available for practicing context clues, I find most of them are either too easy for older learners (who still need a lot of context clue practice and review), or use made up words that confuse my English language learners.  This board game allows students to practice context clues using real words that seem made up. All of the words included are actual names for things almost no one knew had a name.

Materials Needed & Not Included:

Dice– one die per group of students

Player Pieces– one per player, popular options in my class include plastic counter circles, mini erasers, and milk jug lids.

Preparation:

Print the game board and cards. You will need one set for each group of students. I highly recommend laminating them for durability (cold lamination is great because it is thicker and doesn’t peel when cut through). I also recommend printing each set on a different color cardstock so when you find a lost card on the floor at the end of the day you know which set it belongs to.

Directions for Play:

1. Pass out a game set (1 board & card set, 1 glossary, 1 number cube, enough place markers for all students in group) to each group of students.

2. The first person takes a card and reads the sentence. He/she states a definition for the underlined word. Another student checks the answer using the glossary.

3. If correct, the student rolls the die and moves his/her piece. If not correct, the student remains on the same square.

4. The first player to reach finish is the winner.

Alternative:

You can also use the question cards as task cards. A recording sheet is included.

More context clue practice:

Context Clues Jeopardy (PowerPoint)

Context Clues Jeopardy (Google Slides)

Contranym Context Clues Board Game (paper)

Contranym Context Clues Board Game (digital)

Pirate Vocabulary Treasure Hunt (Sheets)

Pirate Vocabulary Treasure Hunt (Excel)

Context Clue Academic Vocabulary Connect Four Game A (paper)

Context Clue Academic Vocabulary Connect Four Game A (digital)

Context Clue Academic Vocabulary Connect Four Game B (paper)

Context Clue Academic Vocabulary Connect Four Game B (digital)

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10 pages
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

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