With many schools starting back at least partly with distance learning, my focus is to create educational Google Slide activities that students will enjoy while learning. These activities are perfect for distance learning and will work well in the classroom when school resumes its normal routine.
This game is based on Scrabble with a few changes.
Players don’t begin with a set of seven ‘secret’ letters. Instead, any letter may be used to build the words in play. Large stacks of letters are built into the game for easy play. All students need to do is drag them onto the playing board. Teachers provide a specific list of words students must use while playing the game. This can be vocabulary words from the novel study you are teaching or essential vocabulary for a subject. Basically, any word list students need to practice will work. A video spinner is also embedded in the playing board. Students spin to determine what information about the word must be provided before the word goes into play. Students practice definitions, synonyms, antonyms, syllable count, and using words in sentences.
Easy Set-Up Instructions for Students
Included with the Google Slides are student-friendly step-by-step instructions for setting up the activity for digital group play. Teachers can send the slides out to the more tech-savvy students who then set up the game for a group of two to four players. The remaining players just need to open the activity in their Google Drives and begin play.
Educational Google Slide Activities
Another vocabulary builder game you might like is Wordner. This game is similar to Apples to Apples. Instead of matching nouns to adjectives, Wordner has players completing phrases. For example, the judge selects a card and reads a scenario such as “Before the invention of shoes, people often covered their feet with….” The judge then selects a second card with 3 words. Players must finish the prompt using one of the three words. The judge determines his/her favorite. The player who came up with the best phrase wins the round. The game is over when a player has won 5 rounds. This game is a terrific vocabulary builder. Because words can be changed by adding endings for subject-verb agreement, players practice this skill as well. You can play the game online here, or you can download the free printable game cards at this link.