You can call it Taboo, CatchPhrase, $25.000 Pyramid, or PassWord. Here is how one of my teachers facilitated it:
- She set up chairs with backs to the board for half the number of students in her class.
- Told half the class to sit and the other half to find someone to stand in front of facing the board. The partner facing the board is the clue giver, and the one sitting is the guesser.
- Projected 5 terms or concepts for the clue giver to describe. The object is to get the guesser to say all 5 terms in the time allotted (you decide how long - one to one and a half minutes works pretty well).
- At the end of time, both partners write down the words and all the clues given for each word. This part is crucial. What they write down is essentially student-generated definitions and connections that make sense to them. That's what we want, right? If you skip this, you've lost the majority of it's effectiveness - I call it mojo.
- Have the class offer definitions or clues for words others didn't get. Let them answer as much for each other as they can before you step in.
- Switch and repeat with a new set of words.
- To keep it fresh, after partners do two rounds, have one side shift down one seat. Now everyone has a new partner - repeat as long as you feel is effective.
- This teacher also created a great sheet for students to write down their words and clues. it also has a space to write their score (number guessed) for each set of words.
Happy Friday, y'all!