Words Games and Activities the Classroom
"The Teacher's Cat "
The purpose of this game is for children to practice using adjectives. This is a great time filler as no resources are needed! It can be played with children Year 3 and up.
"Mystery Words "
This activity is appropriate for middle-aged primary children and up. It makes a great fill in activity and could be played in pairs, small groups or as a class.
A: The category it belongs to
For example, for the word pencil, the teacher might say:
A: It is a piece of stationary
The children have to guess what the mystery object is. After modelling this process to the children, organise the children into pairs or small groups to play the game. Each player who guesses the object correctly wins one point. The first person to 10 points (or whatever you decide) wins.
After the children have played you could ask the children to share some clues about their mystery object (the children in that group can't answer of course!
"Heads and Tails"
No materials are needed for this game and it could be played as a whole class or individually. This game is appropriate for middle primary and older.
Choose a child in the class to name any word. The person sitting next to them will name a word beginning with the last letter of the word just called out. This process repeats around the room. Here is an example of what the game might look like:
Child 2: Elephant
Child 3: Television
Child 4: Neck
Child 5: Knowledge
The teacher could time this game and record the number of words called out on the whiteboard using a tally chart. If this was to be an individual word game the teacher writes a word of the board and the children have to write as many words as they can in a time limit (for example 3 minutes).