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Here’s a fun game idea called “Vocabulary Steal The Bacon”
Language Arts, P.E. & Health
6, 5, 4, 3
By – Marcy Winograd
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Physical Education / Health
Grade Level – 3-6
Objective: Students match vocabulary words with their definitions by participating in a game of Steal the Bacon.
Materials Needed: sweatshirt, masking tape, index cards
Procedure: Using a list of at least thirty vocabulary words, the teacher divides the class into two teams and distributes index cards with the same vocabulary words to each team. Members of the teams wear the words on index cards taped to their clothes.
The teams line up across the field from each other and a sweatshirt (the bacon) is placed in the middle of the field. When the teacher calls out a definition, opposing team members shout out the matching vocabulary word, run to the center of the field in an effort to grab the sweatshirt and run back to their team to score a point. If both team members call out the correct word, run to the center and grab the sweatshirt at the same time, then team members must drop the sweatshirt and return to their lines without scoring any points. If a team member is tagged while running with the sweatshirt, no points are scored. After twenty minutes, the team with the most points wins.
To make this game more rigorous, teachers may assign two or more words to each team member or require team members to use the words correctly in a sentence and shout the sentences before running to the center to grab the sweatshirt.
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