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8th Grade Reading 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.

Eighth-graders have variable reading skills. Some can read as well as adults, and others are still struggling. Help your entire class improve their skills by letting them play one of these reading games.

8th Grade Reading Games

When students reach eighth grade, their reading skills are significantly improved. Many can comfortably read adult books and vocabulary. But since even adults can stand to improve their reading skills, eighth graders certainly can. We can help this process along by playing some reading games. Here are a few ideas for games you can play in your eighth grade classroom.

Word Box

In this game, we can reduce the pressure students feel when admitting that they don't know a particular word. Put students into reading groups, and give each group a set of index cards. As students work together in their reading group to read a particular novel or passage, have students covertly write down any words that they don't fully understand the meaning of on index cards. These index cards can be folded and put inside a box set up like a suggestion box (with a slit to slide the index card through).

When students are done reading, and have submitted all their words, you can open the box and take one card out at the time. Read the word aloud. Students who think they know the definition of the word (and can explain it) should stand up. The first student to stand up (or alternatively a student chosen by a dice roll) gets to attempt to explain the meaning of the word. If you're satisfied with that definition, the group gains a point. Continue through the word box in this way until there are no longer any words remaining. The group that gains the most points wins that round.

Trivia Speed Read

In this reading game, give students a list of trivia questions about the reading they are studying. Students must attempt to answer all the trivia questions as they read through the text. The first student, or group of students, to submit a set of answers that is completely correct wins a point. Do this multiple times, with multiple chapters or text samples. When you're done, the group with the most points wins.

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