Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Shhhhh.... It's a SECRET WORD!

This SLP likes a challenge... and figuring out this one was just that!

In a quest to find new curricular vocabulary activities for my students, I decided to adapt one of our favorite games "Password" with CCSS-based curricular vocabulary. There are several game variation ideas included in the instructions to meet all instructional and carry-over levels.  I made cards for grades 1-5 Math, Science, Social Studies, and ELA.
A total of 54 game cards (540 terms) - 12 First grade (120 terms); 12 Second grade (120 terms); 13 Third grade (130 terms); 8 Fourth grade (80 terms); and 9 Fifth grade (90 terms).
Scorecard and Template Cards included for expansion/customization.


To play the "classic" game, players form teams or play individually. Players take one card which has ten Secret Words on it and place it in the decoder sleeve (pictured below). A spinner/dice determines which word will be the password for this round. The clue giver can give multi-word clues and use pantomime (although I typically don't allow this to promote expressive language skills). Teams alternate turns until someone guesses the Secret Word. Any player who guesses the Secret Word is awarded the point. 

No worries if you don't own the game/have a decoder.  Red sharpie and plastic/plastic wrap are your friends here.  You can easily fashion a DIY decoder using those materials.  You just need something red to make the red portion "disappear" as seen above.  (Figuring out how to make this work took several attempts... but now that I have it figured out, watch out red decoder windows EVERYWHERE!)

If you want to give it a try... head on over to Facebook for a giveaway.  You can also learn more and pick up this material in my TpT Store.

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1 comment:

  1. This looks great Danielle! You always have super fun game-like materials! I know the kids would have a blast with this!