A great way to involve the whole class in a vocabulary activity!
This game encourages kids to utilize context clues to determine the meaning of some pretty tough words. The game slides resemble the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" with a sentence and then four answer choices. (See the preview.) The actual game consists of 37 sentences/choices and takes between 30 to 40 minutes to play in my 10th grade remedial reading class; stronger students would be able to play a little faster. A variety of context clues--contrasts, similarities, and general context--are used to give students plenty of practice recognizing clues.
I've included the rules/procedures we follow in my classroom in the notes section of the title slide. Playing by these rules keeps everyone involved--they are each responsible for answering their own questions without help from teammates--and also builds camaraderie and a team spirit. Some clues/words are easier than others, and that allows for a quick build-up of points and increased tension when a student has to decide whether to bank the points or go for it in hopes of increasing their lead.
Sometimes, if a student has missed the answer, I'll pause before clicking on the slide to review how the context clue worked to help students recognize the clues so they might do better next time. Some questions focus on word parts rather than entire words, providing another teachable moment in the game.
I've posted two versions of this game--each with 37 different words. I usually play a game like this or "Word Part Jeopardy" or "Word Part Football" (both available on Teachers Pay Teachers) every Friday. The kids love it and they're learning at the same time.
• Who Wants to Know a Million Words (1)
(The other version of this game.)
• Word Part Football
(A student favorite!)
• Word Part Jeopardy (1)
(The free download of this popular vocabulary game.)