4 Easy Games that SLPs Absolutely Need

4 Fun Vocabulary Games
Vocabulary drills can get pretty boring, but my students need a lot of practice to learn and maintain new vocabulary. This has challenged me to come up with many ways to keep practicing skills so I don't hear, "But we already did that!" I am currently using these games with multiple meaning vocabulary words, but you could adapt them to whatever vocabulary you are working on. If you missed my post about why I think multiple meaning vocabulary is so important, click here to find out. My photos show my multiple meaning word task cards, but read my hints for how to adapt this for any vocabulary you are working on!

1. Make an Organizer a Game!
I use a big soft cube that I got at the dollar store, adapting it to match my organizer by placing a sticky note on it. You’ll also notice I saved myself prep time by placing the entire sheet of task cards into a page protector instead of cutting and laminating. 
So, the game goes like this. Students can be assigned as odd/even or top/bottom for a group of 2. For four students, assign a corner. You get the idea, just be creative. The students took turns reading their cards and figuring out the word that they were assigned. Then, they rolled the cube to find the skill (the section of the graphic organizer) to demonstrate with their word. If needed, points can be given to have a winner. I use dry erase markers, in a different color for each student, and take data right on the organizer. The activity ended when one student filled in all of the sections with #correct answers. Another option is to end at # minutes and the student who has the most checks is the winner. 
It is easy to make an organizer by dividing a sheet of paper and filling each box with a skill that you want your students to be able to do using their vocabulary words. Then, place matching sticky notes on the large cube.

2. Connect Three
I like combining task cards with a game. Besides being fun, it keeps me from having to think on the spot! When first learning the words, I use cards with the vocabulary words. The students find the picture for the word and place their token on the space. In the photo, I had my students use task cards with picture supports to figure out which meaning the word has in the sentence. As their skills grow, they could name the vocabulary word for the picture they landed on, tell the definition and use it in a sentence with that meaning. You can easily make your own cards, or have your students make them, by writing the definitions on index cards and the vocabulary words in a bingo grid.

3. Using Comics
Comics are a great tool for language therapy! If you can find comic strips that use the specific vocabulary words, or the type of words, it is a fun way to generalize skills. Pictured are some multiple meaning comics that I use. My favorite source? http://www.gocomics.com.

4. Bingo Board Bump
In this game, students slide a token across the bingo board and have to do the requested task with that word in order to keep their token on the space that most of the token covers. If they slide their token into with the most in a row and the student with the most tokens on the board when time is up are the winners. The plastic tops that fell off of my Ikea magnet set are great colors and just the right weight! This game is terrific for using vocabulary in sentences and defining words. It would work for synonyms, antonyms and core vocabulary, too. If your students don’t need picture cues, all you have to do is write your vocabulary words in a grid. 

I hope I’ve given you some ideas to spice up your vocabulary work! These games are easy to recreate with your own vocabulary, or you can check out mine by clicking here. You can also try out my free sampler by clicking here.
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What are your favorite ways to practice vocabulary?


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