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Vocabulary Lesson Plan: March Madness Competition, Grades 2–12

By: Vocab Gal

Have students fill out brackets for vocabulary words and let them decide the "ultimate vocabulary word" in the categories of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. With Bracket Battles, my March Madness inspired vocabulary game, students will learn vocabulary autonomously as they each control their own bracket. Plus, they will review parts of speech and practice using words in the correct context!

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A printable vocabulary lesson plan inspired by March Madness! Have students fill out brackets for vocabulary words and let them decide the "ultimate vocabulary word" in the categories of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. With Bracket Battles, my March Madness inspired vocabulary game, students will learn vocabulary autonomously as they each control their own bracket. Plus, they will review parts of speech and practice using words in the correct context!

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PLAY BRACKET BATTLES

STEP 1

Use the printable Bracket Template to provide students three blank bracket sheets. They will use one for nouns, one for verbs, and one for adjectives. Have them fill in the far left eight spaces with vocabulary words that are that specific part of speech.

Note: The words they fill in can be on the current vocabulary list or a mix of old and new words—whatever words you want them to review. Please remind them that each bracket can only have words that are THAT specific part of speech, and, if they are working with one specific vocabulary unit, they may need to use some older words so that they are able to complete their charts.

STEP 2

In the first column, have students write one sentence using both of the words in each initial face off.

For example: If the first bracket has “admonish” against “commandeer,” students should write a sentence using both words, which somehow highlights why one of the words is “greater” than the other.

Although admonished, he commandeered the lead anyway and sailed on to victory! (since the use of commandeered is “greater,” it wins the first round).

Note: Why one word defeats another is arbitrary and up to the students; as long as students are using the vocabulary words correctly in sentences, they can determine the winner for any reason. The subjects of the sentences can be anything. Students can even write about basketball teams if that makes the vocabulary bracket more engaging to complete. The goal is to help students with their vocabulary building skills. The ways by which each student contrasts the words should not matter, as long as their context is correct!

With this game students use vocabulary creatively to win this Bracket Battle Game!

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STEP 3

Once students have written sentences for the initial duels, they should then write sentences using the winners of each bracket. Again, for each pairing, each sentence should use both words and highlight one word dominating the other.

STEP 4

When students complete their brackets and have a final “vocabulary winner” in the noun, verb, and adjective categories, have them turn in their sheets. Once you have collected all students’ brackets,determine which word in each part of speech was found to be the “winner” most frequently, and give all students who picked that word a prize, or put their names on a big basketball in recognition, etc.

Note: You decide how to reward students! I recommend hanging all the brackets up for students to compare and perhaps even have multiple winners in categories such as: most creative use of words, best illustrated bracket, best use of short sentences, best use of puns in sentences, etc.

IN SUMMARY

With this game students use vocabulary creatively to win this Bracket Battle game!

I’ve read about March Madness brackets being used for poetry and short story analysis, so the options for English teachers are limitless-ultimately, it’s all about engaging students in reading, writing and interpretation! 

Hopefully this will be another fun vocabulary lesson plan at your disposal each time March Madness comes around. Download the Bracket Battles Vocabulary Game now.

A printable vocabulary lesson plan inspired by March Madness! Have students fill out brackets for vocabulary words and let them decide the "ultimate vocabulary word" in the categories of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. With Bracket Battles, my March Madness inspired vocabulary game, students will learn vocabulary autonomously as they each control their own bracket. Plus, they will review parts of speech and practice using words in the correct context! vocabulary-lesson-plan-march-madness-bracket-battle-vocabulary-game.png 

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