Blurt – A Fun Vocabulary Game
I love word games and I love having lots of different games available to my students to play upon occasion – free time, indoor days, with guest teachers or as word work in Language Arts class. I received a new word game this summer “Blurt” that I was really excited to try with my students. We had a little bit of extra time in one of our Language Arts classes last week and I thought it would be a perfect time to try it out.
Blurt is a board game for 3 to 12 people and is basically a vocabulary building game. One of the big selling features for me, was that so many people could play – works great for the classroom. The version that I have, is really for two age levels; 7-9 years and 10+ (it depends on which side of the cards you use). The game includes over 300 clues and is extremely easy to play as a large group or even a whole class.
Here’s how I used it!
I left the board and pieces out and just used the cards, to play with the whole class. I created teams and chose words from the vocabulary cards that I felt would be the appropriate difficulty level for my students (not too easy or too hard). So, I read out a definition and then the fun part! Students get to blurt! Both sides blurt out answers until one side says the correct answer. They loved it! Of course, the only difficult part was knowing which side had actually blurted first. In the case of a tie or discrepancy, we rolled the die and the highest roller scored the point for their team. Then two other teams would compete.
When I asked the students how they enjoyed the game, they were all very positive in their responses (maybe it was just the fact that I was letting them play a game and shout…hmmm….).
Ideas for use in an ELA class:
-Use vocabulary words from the game to build short word work activities (using the root word, prefixes, suffixes etc.)
-Use Blurt words to create a word wall, adding a couple of new words to the wall each time you play
-Choose one or more new vocabulary words from the game and use it as a word of the week – students gaining credit/class cash for using the word correctly in context.
-Have students make up their own definitions/vocabulary words to add to the game
There are lots of possibilities!
So where did I get this great little game? A really amazing site called SmileMakers. The site actually applies to various occupations, but has tons of goodies for teachers. They have little prizes, incentives, certificates, pencils, stickers, awards, holiday themed goodies, books and other teacher resources, anti-bullying resources and lots of other great stuff! You can search by occupation, grade or subject level. That’s where I found out that they have a whole Middle School section with games, activities and prizes! I have a wish list going of items that I plan to get from them in the future. My next buy will be a visual-thinking game called Square Up - I know my class would love it and it would be perfect for a pair of early finishers to play together. They also have something called “Teacher Perks“. If you sign up for Teacher Perks at checkout (it’s free to join) orders over $75 receive FREE shipping and orders under $75 are a flat rate of $7.99. Okay, that’s all for now. I know that the last thing you probably need is yet another awesome teacher site to go spend your hard earned money – but it’s a REALLY good one and so I had to share!
DO you have any really good board games that you use in the classroom OR teacher sites that we MUST know about? Please share!
**Also, thank you to everyone who voted for my school and entered my giveaway. The winner was Kelly Brown. Your support helped us to finish FIRST in round one and has advanced us to the semi-final round which will be in December. We’re that much closer to winning the funds for a new inclusive playground for our deserving students. For that, I thank you. Also, we’ll need your help again in December to make it into the finals. STay tuned…**
Posted on October 21, 2013, in Education, General Teaching, Middle School and tagged Blurt, incentives, middle school board games, middle school prizes, SmileMakers, teacher websites, Vocabulary game. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.