Word Family Racing (3rd grade and up)
Author: Azriela Jankovic, Yavneh Academy, California
Subject: Spelling, Vocabulary
Objective: Practice writing, spelling, and vocabulary words while having fun!
Materials and Preparation: Each group receives a large sheet of paper (butcher paper works great and large lined paper works even better).Each member of the team has a pencil, a highlighter, and an open space to write on large paper.
Student Grouping: Varied groups of 3 to 5 students.
The Play: When the teacher calls time, each team has 5 minutes (can vary amount of time depending on attention spans / grade levels) to do the following:
Find words on the spelling or vocab list with something in common.
Words can be put in categories according to common prefixes, suffixes, or roots.
Words that belong to the group are written in pencil.
Each group member must take a turn writing a set of words before another person gets a turn.
Students label each group, for example:Words beginning with SQUI: (*this title written and highlighted)squid (*squi must be highlighted in each word)squirrelsquint
Groups continue until time is over.
Each group of words receives 5 points just for being discovered and written down.
Students count up words in each group and add 1 point for each word spelled CORRECTLY.
Further Play: After alotted time to make word groups from a given list of words, allow students 5 minutes to add onto their groupings with words that they might find in the dictionary or elsewhere. Each additional word counts for 1 point each.
Comments or Variations: This game can be varied using vocabulary words. Students can race to find as many synonyms as possible.List of words might contain: wentStudents list synonyms: journeyed, ventured, walked, drove, traipsed, etc.