Shop Now Login/Register View Quote View Cart
1.800.221.5175
Mathematics
Core Math
Sadlier Math Grades K–6 View Details | Buy Now
Progress in Mathematics Grades K–6 View Details | Buy Now
Progress in Mathematics Grades 7–8+ View Details | Buy Now
Supplemental
Progress Mathematics Grades K–8 View Details | Buy Now
New Jersey Progress Mathematics Grades K–8 Buy Now
New York Progress Mathematics Grades K–8 Buy Now
Common Core Progress Mathematics Grades K–8 Buy Now
Let's Target Math Problem Solving Grades 1–8 View Details | Buy Now
Let's Target Real-World Math Word Problems Grades 1–8 View Details | Buy Now
Critical Thinking for Active Math Minds Grades 3–6 View Details | Buy Now
Preparing for Standards-Based Assessments Grades 7–8 View Details | Buy Now
Vocabulary
Vocabulary Workshop Enriched Edition Grades 1–5 View Details | Buy Now
Vocabulary Workshop Achieve Grades 6–12+ View Details | Buy Now
Vocabulary Workshop Achieve Interactive Edition Grades 6–12+ View Details | Buy Now
Vocabulary Workshop Enriched Edition Grades 6–12+ View Details | Buy Now
Vocabulary Workshop Interactive Edition Grades 2–12+ View Details | Buy Now
Vocabulary for Success Grades 6–10 View Details | Buy Now
Let's Target Vocabulary Acquisition Grades 1–8 View Details | Buy Now
Let's Target Vocabulary and Usage Grades 1–8 View Details | Buy Now
Building an Enriched Vocabulary Grades 9–12 View Details | Buy Now
English Language Arts
Progress English Language Arts Grades K-8 View Details | Buy Now
New Jersey Progress English Language Arts Grades K–8 Buy Now
New York Progress English Language Arts Grades K–8 Buy Now
Common Core Progress English Language Arts Grades K–8 Buy Now
Grammar & Writing
Grammar Workshop Grades 3–5 View Details | Buy Now
Grammar for Writing Grades 6–12 View Details | Buy Now
Let's Target Grammar Grades 1–8 View Details | Buy Now
Writing Workshop Grades 6–12 Buy Now
Writing a Research Paper Grades 6–12 Buy Now
Grammar & Writing for Standardized Tests Grades 9–12 Buy Now
Reading
From Phonics to Reading Grades K–3 View Details | Buy Now
Close Reading of Complex Texts Grades 3–8 View Details | Buy Now
Close Reading of Complex Texts Interactive Edition Grades 3–8 View Details | Buy Now
Sadlier Phonics Grades K–3 View Details | Buy Now
Let's Target Comprehension Grades 1–8 View Details | Buy Now

Sadlier's
English Language Arts Blog

The home of Vocab Gal and other educational experts K–12 resources

September 8, 2011 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 Games: Tell the Round Robin Story

I remember in sixth grade telling “Round Robin” stories where one person started a sentence and then we had to go in order around the circle, each adding a new detail to continue the story.  These stories never made much sense, and I was always frustrated with my less-than-creative or overly-ridiculous classmates.

However, my colleague Tom likes to play the vocabulary version of this game with his students; he lists the vocabulary words to use on the board and has them take turns in a circle telling a story using the words.  I was skeptical trying it with my own students -but it has quickly become their favorite vocabulary game.  As you can hear from the video, there is a lot of persiflage in the process of creating stories about amorphous jelly or goo (can you tell what our first word was?). Thanks Tom for the idea!

 

Steps

  1. Project or write the vocabulary words you want to review on a board or screen so that all students can see the words easily.
  2. Split students into groups-preferably no more than eight so that the action stays lively for all involved.
  3. Have students in each group decide who goes first.
  4. The first person uses the first word on the list in a sentence.
  5. Going in clockwise order, the student to the left of the original student says the next word in a sentence that continues the story.
  6. Continue the game until all words have been said twice--to really drive home meaning.

Fun variations:

*If a student uses two words in a row, s/he can “pass” the next round

*If a student doesn’t know the word s/he can be helped by classmates but then has to use the word in two sentences before the game moves on.

When I surveyed them after playing a three different vocabulary games in a week, the students almost unanimously chose this game as their favorite.  When I asked why, they said they liked having a story to connect the words to-it gave them more context then simply repeating a definition or saying a sentence at random.  I think they also liked the goofiness aspect of it.  Finally, I can appreciate this much reviled game again!

 

MORE VOCABULARY GAMES

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

Vocabulary-Game

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

download now

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

Vocabulary-Games

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

download now

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

Vocabulary-Download-Now

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!
Vocabulary-Activities

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

Download-Now

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

Vocabulary-Activities

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

Vocabulary-Download-Now

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

Vocabulary-Game

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

Download-Now

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

Download-Now

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

download now

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

Vocabulary-Download-Now

Here are additional vocabulary games you can print for free and play in your classroom!

download now