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10 words category game

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Pierre Gauvin
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Submitted on: 01/17/2005 17:37:30 

Topic: Spelling, Warm-ups, Time Fillers, Group Work, Games
Level: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced, Business
Age: Children, Teens, Adults
Skill: Writing
To practice writing words of a certain category or theme...working alone or in small groups...
Associate words to a certain subject or theme. Spelling words correctly can also count towards the total point total...
One or more rounds...
pencil, paper, blackboard to give each team a point for each word.
Writing everything that comes to mind is what this activity is all about. The learners must scramble to write as many words related to a particular subject during a specific time period. The subject should be general enough, to allow each group to write more than ten answers.
Simultaneously, the educator writes ten answers of her own. These answers can be typical answers, more unorthodox answers, or a combination thereof.
Once the allotted time has expired, each group is asked to use a different colour pencil or pen. As the educator reveals her ten words, the groups circle the words that are found on their sheets. If necessary, a member from another team may act as a witness to each teamís results.
Each team determines the number of words it had similar to the educator and are given a point for each. If the teams are using a dictionary for spelling, words should be written correctly.

A student may be asked to volunteer a subject or theme...
Useful Internet Resources:
This is a spelling activity found on page 17, in the book
entitled "Educating Our Children: The Guide to Reading,
Writing, Speaking and Listening Activities" (ISBN
0-9733849-1-3). This book contains a total of 206 educational
activities that can be used in the classroom, at home and/or on
the road. These activities are also adaptable to almost any
subject or grade level. Books may be bought directly from the
publisher at,, or E-bay. For
educational establishments, a bulk order is also possible...
Print- outs to help use certain activities can also be

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