Working Memory & Word Retrieval Game

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Not Grade Specific
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4 pages


This is a super easy game that my students love, requires no prep, and you can easily pull it out during those days when you have extra time at the end of your session. It's so simple, yet targets working memory, recall, listening and attention skills, and word retrieval! You don't even really need materials, but the alphabet boards can be a helpful visual cue for many students, plus adds a bit more structure to the game.

You can play with 2 people or an entire group. The first person starts off by saying “I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing (anything they want that starts with the letter A.)” Then it is the next person’s turn, and they must say “I’m going on a trip and bringing (whatever the last person said + a new item they would like to bring that starts with the letter B.) Keep going around until a student cannot remember an item! For example:

Player 1: I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing apples.

Player 2: I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing apples and blankets.

Player 3: I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing apples, blankets, and carrots.

Player 1: I’m going on a trip and I’m bring apples, blankets, carrots, and dominoes.

The first board is a general “I’m going on a trip” board and students can name any item they wish. The next two boards require students to generate and recall items within a specific category (food, animals). This game will help students develop their working memory and word retrieval skills.

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Total Pages
4 pages
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