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Here is a great, musical game that also teaches about nouns, adjectives and verbs


Language Arts, Music  


3, 4, 5  

Title – Creative Music Game using language arts
By – Ginny Bates
Primary Subject – Music
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts
Grade Level – 3-5

I use this game to start off the school year, and then as a reward later. They love it! The game consists of three categories (you can add more later if you like!) nouns, verbs and adjectives. One team will be chosen to go first. They will pick a category. You will then give them a single word from that category. For example, the team picks nouns. You give them the word “star”. That team will then have one minute to come up with and sing at least seven words of a song with the word “star” in it. They must sing the song and it must be the correct tune. If they sing the song correctly, with the correct word in it, it then becomes the opposite team’s turn to sing a song with the SAME word. They will also have one minute. It goes back and forth between teams until no one can think of another song with that word in it. The point is then awarded to the last team to successfully sing the appropriate song. (I have had several classes where the entire class time was spent on the word, “love”.) Here’s a quick run-down.

1. Divide class into two groups.
2. Explain that they are going to play a game that involves the following categories; nouns, verbs and adjectives. Ask if they can tell you what each of those words mean. If not, explain, on their level, the definitions for the terms.
3. The Rules:
a. No songs with inappropriate language or suggestions.
b. The opposite team may NOT speak during the turn of the first team or they will lose points.
c. (to keep from cheating)Either you or a member of the opposite team MUST know the song. In other words, no made-up songs.
d. A song may be repeated if it is used in another word, but not for the same one. For example, if the word was “star”, it could be used for “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. “Twinkle, Twinkle” may also be used for the word “world” or “diamond”.
4. HAVE FUN! I enjoy this game as much as my students!

(If you want to add a twist, to the game for older students, try this. Have one team pick a category, then the other team must come up with a word for that category to give them. It is harder than it seems, because the team must be able to think of at least two songs for that word. The opposite team goes first!!)

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