It’s Greek To Me Smartboard Game

Greek GameWinter Olympics has finally arrived!  To celebrate, why not play a word definition quiz game with an Olympic theme?

At the start of the game, players are asked to choose among four listed countries and to pick a category – Archery (for easy) or Discus (for hard). The players are then asked to provide the meaning of 10 words with their root word given as a clue. The performance of the athlete is dependent on screen is dependent on the players’ actions – get enough points right, and one could win a gold, silver, or bronze medal, which can be printed out to take home. If they’ve earned a medal, they can also proceed to the next round to give them a chance to earn another medal!

Students can form groups and compete in this game as a team. How many rounds can each group last? How many gold, silver, or bronze medals did they earn? The group that goes the farthest round and earns the most significant medals wins! As an extra touch, the teacher can print out their medals immediately and hold an awards ceremony right then and there!

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Letter Matrix Smartboard Game

Letter-MatrixLetters are falling from above! Don’t let them fill up the space below!  Form words from the fallen letters to “sort” them into their proper places and remove them from the pile. Each letter has a corresponding point; the rarer the letters used and the longer the formed word is, the higher the score.

As if the falling letters aren’t enough, a certain number of points earned within a given time is required in order to progress to the next level. See how many words your students can form, and how far they can go. They can also play this cooperatively, or in competitive groups.

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Word Magic Smartboard Game

Word MagicHow many words can your students form from the ones given in the box?  Do they have a huge enough vocabulary to form complex words that would give them higher points? Are they fast enough to fill up their word list before the clock runs out… and before a rival student group steals their letters?

Word Magic is reminiscent to the classic Boggle game, except that the letters forming the words do not have to be adjacent to each other.  When the player forms his word and clicks on the “GO” button, the chosen letters are then replaced with others.

Though the game can be played in single player mode (where a student, or a group of students, try to collect enough points from their words within the given time), it also has a multiplayer mode, where the game automatically matches your students against other players from another class… or school… or even another country! The multiplayer game is then played in real time, where students race to use a letter before their rivals do; if they did end up using the same letter, the points for the word is forfeited!

How good is your class against what could possibly be the world? Perhaps a tournament could be arranged to find out!

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Construct a Word Smartboard Game

Construct a Word PreviewBuild up your students’ vocabulary by playing this deceptively simple word game.

Players are asked to choose a set of “ending” letters.  They are then led to another screen where they’re encouraged to look for all the words that end with the chosen letters by selecting the “beginning” letters.

A suggested customization is for the teacher to let the students write their constructed words on a piece of paper.  Once a certain amount of time has elapsed, the class can then check if their words are found in the game’s “word bank” by inserting their words.  The student(s) with the most correct words wins the game.

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Fish ‘Em Up! 2 Smartboard Game

Fish 'Em Up previewSometimes it is difficult to know when to add or change letters in a given word prior to lengthening it.  This game aims to assist in that by teaching students through fun and repetition.

At the beginning, the game reminds players about two of the rules of word lengthening – either doubling the last letter, or changing “y” to “ie”.  It then gives the option to testing for either one, after which the game begins.  Students are asked to fish for the root word by using the rod that represents the correct lengthened word.  If they’re able to choose correctly, the root word is “fished” successfully;  otherwise, it swims away.

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