Hi, Milkywaybar here, and I am going to teach you how to make a board game that will enable students to learn basic grammar and English skills. It's called Wordinomos (Word-in-uh-moes). By playing this board game, students will learn parts of speech, basic grammar skills, and exercise creativity. So, lets get started!
Step 1: What You'll Need
A card template (i used the one at http://www.theweem.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/standard_card_template_red.jpg)
A color printer
An image editing program (Doesn't have to be all that advanced, i used picnik)
(or if you're lazy, you can use my game below)
Step 2: The Words
Think of words of different parts of speech. make the corresponding cards the colors shown here. (in picnik, i used duo tone and made the colors relevantly similar) put two on each card, like dominoes. I used:
(you can use repeats)
27 nouns (red)
27 adjectives (yellow)
27 conjunctions (purple) (here's where repeats come in handy)
18 prepositional phrases (orange)
18 adverbs (dark blue)
9 interjections (pink)
45 determiners (light blue) (see a list here)
9 wild cards (black)
Step 3: Taping It Down
Fold each card in half, and tape it down, so you have something like a double-sided scrabble-tile.
Step 4: How to Play
This is a combination of scrabble and dominoes.
Objective To have the most points when the game is over
Setting up Each player should always have 7 cards. This is best played on a large, open space.
On Your Turn put down a minimum of 2 words. This must form a grammar-correct sentience. Then add up the points (see below for "scoring") pick up any cards you missed, and continue onto the next player
nouns (red) 5
adjectives (yellow) 8
conjunctions (purple) 10
prepositional phrases (orange) 12
adverbs (dark blue) 12
interjections (pink) 17
determiners (light blue) 4
wild cards (black) 0
Obscure words are doubled. for example: Mitochondria, normally 5 points, is now 10 points. The definition of "obscure" varies, so debate is welcome.
Ending the Game
This can happen however you want out of these options:
-There's no cards left.
-There's no interest left
-After a time limit passed.