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SUBMITTED BY: Raegina Taylor



DATE ADDED: Feb 21, 2008


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05-10 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students aim to think of many words associated with a topic.



  • Scrap paper for each student



  1. Give students 5+ letters, and they write them down the side of their page.
  2. Students are allowed 3 minutes to write a word for each letter. Teacher calls out a category, like 'colours'.  For example:
    • B rown
    • R ed
    • B lack
    • B lue
    • Y ellow
  3. Students receive points/stickers or is the winner if they fill out all the letters.



  • Students call out the words they have. Everyone else who has that word, crosses it off their list. The student with the most original words wins.
  • Categories - version 2
    • Divide the class into four teams of five.
    • For each team draw a grid on the board 5x5 using all the letters of the alphabet. Put x and y together so the grid makes a square.
    • Give each team a pen and some paper and you will read out a category eg. things you can wear. Explain to them etc. that they will have a 1 minute time limit to write down as many words as they can think of that are in that category.
    • Explain that the first letter of each word they write down will be erased from their grid on the board .eg. If team 1 has the words hat, gloves, and t-shirt then you would erase the letters h,g and t from their grid.
    • The first team to have all their letters erased is the winner. When time is up get each team to read out the words they have while you rub the corresponding letters off their grid. Vary the difficulty of the categories depending on how long you want the game to go.

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