A game of Articulate!

I have always found that making learning activities into games is effective and rewarding for young learners.  As a parent and tutor of children who can be reluctant or even afraid to write I have found it useful to develop writing games. One of my favourite games is one I call Articulate.

I start the game with a word sort which is based on the focus for the day’s game e.g. connectives.  The pupil must sort all the connectives from the words provided.

I have always found that making learning activities into games is effective and rewarding for young learners.  As a parent and tutor of children who can be reluctant or even afraid to write I have found it useful to develop writing games. One of my favourite games is one I call Articulate.

word sort

Word Sorting

I start the game with a word sort which is based on the focus for the day’s game e.g. connectives.  The pupil must sort all the connectives from the words provided.

Picture Cards

Picture Cards

Once completed some picture cards are laid out and  I read through the instructions.

The focus for the game can be altered dependent on the age and needs of the child/ren e.g. adverbs, punctuation, adjectives etc. The rules can also be changed to match the child’s ability and skills.

The game is designed to be played in pairs though it could be also used in small groups. A child selects a picture card (but without revealing it) and then writes one or two sentences to describe it.

The sentences must include any key features specified in the instructions and must not included any prohibited words such as the ones shown below.

rules

These rules encourage the child to produce high quality and imaginative writing.  Once completed the partner must read what has been written and try to correctly identify which picture it relates to.  It can often help to have some pictures which are similar such as a hamster and a mouse to encourage the use of precise vocabulary and detailed description.  Once the correct picture has been found the partners swap roles.  During the game the child can be encouraged to check they are sticking to the rules and also to be as inventive as possible with their descriptions.

If you have any writing games you have found to be successful please let me know!

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