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April 3, 2014 VG Teaching Resources Vocab & ELA Res, VG Vocabulary Games 6-12, VG Vocabulary Games K-5, Vocab Gal, ELA K-5, ELA 6-8, ELA 9-12, ELA Resources - Games, ELA Focus - Vocabulary

Vocabulary Game: You’re on a Roll, Grades 3–12

Students love to play games and be social.  Playing with dice gives students an opportunity to practice their vocabulary in an enjoyable way.  The dice mandates I’ve created can be modified or combined if you have more than one dice per group (renumber 1-12 rather than just 1-6).  I’d also love other mandates that you have given your students depending on the number rolled.

Students love to play games and be social.  Playing with dice gives students an opportunity to practice their vocabulary in an enjoyable way.  

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Here are the two different ways to play:

Option 1: Divide the class into groups of 3-5 (depending on how many dice you have).  Give each group a list of vocabulary words.  Have the first student in the group roll the dice and then use the first word in the list in his/her answer. The next student in the group rolls and also uses the first word in the list in his/her answer. Once all group members have used the first word, students can move on to the second word.  Once all students have used the second word, move on to the third, etc.  Suggested time limit per student answer: 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Option 2: Divide the class into groups of 3-5 (depending on how many dice you have).  Give each group a list of vocabulary words.  Have the first student in the group roll the dice and then use the first word in the list in his/her answer.  The next student in the group rolls and uses the second word in the list in his her answer.  This continues until all the words on the list are used. Suggested time limit per student answer: 30 seconds to 1 minute.

 

Notes:  You could make a variety of word lists and then have groups switch lists when they finish a round.

If students are uncomfortable playing in a group, feel free to have them roll on their own and write down their responses.