Help Build Vocabulary Skills: Verbs Galore

To add an element of competition to this word game, set a timer so that each group only gets one or two minutes (depending on the age of the children) for each object. Then at the end of the game, count up which team has thought of the most (applicable) words.

What this activity will develop:
Vocabulary and thinking skills

What you'll need:
• 6 to 10 different everyday objects
• Paper
• Pencils
• Timer (can be kitchen timer or hourglass)

Setting up:
Divide the children into small groups of three or four. Give each group a different object, such as a ball, a toy car, a pencil, a light bulb, a clock, an eraser, a book. Ask each group to appoint one student to be the recorder for the group.

What to do:
Have group members brainstorm for 10 minutes as many verbs as they can associate with their object. The recorder's job is to list all verbs the group members say. The group with the ball, for example, might generate a list that includes throw, hit, go, fly, swing, crash, kick. At the end of the time, have the groups pass their objects on, change recorders and follow the same procedure as before. Later, groups can share their objects and lists with the entire group. After the activity is completed, objects and lists can be displayed and added to, if desired.

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