7th Grade Vocabulary Games

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Vocabulary is valuable. It improves students' reading, writing, self expression, and ability to learn. Make the all-important process of learning vocabulary fun, with a few of these ideas for 7th grade vocabulary games.

7th Grade Vocabulary Games

Everyone could stand to improve their vocabulary. Having more words to choose from is like having more tools in your toolbox. It gives you more options and lets you express yourself in more nuanced ways. It also improves reading skills - and reading is the heart of learning. Anything we can do to help our students improve their vocabularies will pay dividends for years to come. But we don't have to teach vocabulary through word lists, and reciting definitions. The process can be fun, too. Take a look at a few of these vocabulary games that can help kids enjoy expanding their vocabularies.

What Word Am I?

Some of the classic word games involve very few words at all. When students are forced to wrack their brains and think of a particular word, it can cement that vocabulary in their minds. In this word game, students must express a word to their partner or group using only their actions. The goal is for the group to guess as many words as possible within a time limit. Those words could be nouns like 'canine' or even adverbs like 'subtly'. The student has to try to express that word using their actions.

Teams of students can compete with each other to see how many randomly chosen words they can convey within a particular time limit. For the sake of inclusion, after each word, the student who is acting it out should change, allowing every member of the group a chance to take part.

Word Chain

The word chain game involves going back and forth between partners, or around a circle in a group, saying word after word in a related pattern. For example, you could have students say a word that starts with the last letter of the previous word. One student might say acquire, and another student might say epidemic, and the next student might say compromise. To make it a more appropriate challenge for seventh graders, limit the type and length of words. For example, you could play the game with adjectives longer than six letters. You can gradually make the categories harder as students get better at it.

If playing in pairs, the game continues until someone pauses for longer than five seconds, at which point the other player gets a point. If playing in groups, pausing for five seconds eliminates a player. The last player remaining gets a point.

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