Friday, 28 April 2017

Vocabulary Games


Building vocabulary is an important part of language development. Kids can write well and understand what is taught to them better. Lets make this learning fun with some great games. These games will nurture curiosity about new and big words and the kids tend to look for their meanings. Help them with the meanings and also teach them to use the dictionary.










1) Charades : Write words on chits of paper and keep them in a basket. Ask each child to pick a chit and explain to others the word on the chit with signs. The one who can guess most of
the words is the winner.



2) Sketch the word: Write words on chits of paper and keep them in a basket. Ask each child to pick a chit and explain to others the word on the chit by drawing it on a board. The one who can guess most of the words is the winner.









3) Word Smart: Pick any letter and ask the kids to write as many words possible starting with that letter in 2 mins. The kid with most words is the winner.

4) Category: Ask the kids to write as many words possible from a pre chosen category (eg: animals) in 2 mins. The kid with most words (eg: animal names) is the winner.

5) Add Prefix/Suffix: Make chits of prefixes (eg: an, in, un) and suffixes (able, ary, ate) in separate baskets. Pick one at a time and give 2 mins to the kids to write as many words possible with that prefix/suffix. The kid with most words wins. Eg: If the prefix 'un' is chosen the words will be undo, untie, unable etc.


6) Passing the parcel: The kids have to sit in a circle and pass a ball or bean bag saying a word. The next kid to hold the parcel should say a word starting with the letter that was the last letter of the previous word. The kid taking long time or who cannot say the next word is out of the game. Eg: 1st kid says 'Apple' the next has to say a word staring with the letter 'E'.
Choose a category for words to make it complex.







7) Define it: Make a list of words along with a sentence using the word. Ask kids to define the word and give the sentence as a clue. The kid with the closest definition wins. Then ask them to find the word in the dictionary to check the perfect definition.









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