Friday, December 19, 2014

Jenga Vocabulary Game Stacks Right Up!

Wooden it be nice to find ways to occupy your kiddos this time of year?  I have the solution to any of your creativity blocks. It's Jenga...and it's knot a problem!

We used Jenga to help us review our vocabulary word of the week.  To do this, I created a game that corresponds with turns taken during a Jenga game.

Here's How it Works!!

Supplies:


  • Provide each team with a Jenga Block Set (or the FREE Jenga App)
  • 3-5 members per team
  • One looseleaf sheet of paper and writing utensil needed  


Round #1:  The Tranquil Round
-Must SILENTLY complete 4 new levels (move 12 blocks) without knocking tower down
-Block penalties WILL be applied if anyone talks

Round #2:  The Synonym Round
-Students must brainstorm synonyms for a key vocabulary word.
-For each synonym they come up with, they may remove a block and stack it.  Record the synonyms on a looseleaf sheet of paper.
-This is a timed round (2 minutes)
-Block penalties may be applied

Round #3:  The Antonym Round
-Students must brainstorm antonyms for a key vocabulary word.
-For each antonym they come up with, they may remove a block.  Record the antonyms on a looseleaf sheet of paper.
-This is a timed round (2 minutes)
-Block penalties may be applied

Winning
-Tallest tower wins
-Block penalties will be applied at the end of game.  One block is removed for each block penalty thus reducing tower height
-Teams MAY stop at any time to secure their tower height.
-Team is eliminated if tower falls  (Optional:  Team CAN rebuild and start from scratch)

Optional Round: The Sentence Round
-For each sentence they come up with, they may remove 4 blocks.  Record the sentence on a looseleaf sheet of paper.

In my classroom I DID use actual Jenga block sets, however, there is a FREE app that is also suitable for this game!!  

I promise your students will not be board with this game using YOUR SMARTICLES!!