Language Game

I love having no-prep language games ready to play for lesson transitions and warm-ups. As students develop reading skills it is helpful for them to be in a language-rich learning environment. The more words they hear and use, the better! Language games give them a meaningful opportunity to speak, listen and learn from others - expanding their vocabulary wile developing classroom community and working together. 

Here is one that will require your students to think about objects/things. You could even link it in with a lesson on nouns or a theme you are working on by adjusting the word list.

The children will be thinking about 
  • the features of the objects
  • how the objects/things are used
  • comparing and contrasting
  • selecting specific vocabulary for an object

Tell me the Difference Language Game

  • use a timer to set a limit - vary to reflect the age of your students
  • encourage students to think about how the things are similar and how they are different
  • tell your students a pair of words, provide some thinking time and choose a student to explain the difference
  • there is no winner, correct answer or too many rules - just lots of encouragement to develop language and specific vocabulary

Some word pairs could be:

  • turtle/crab
  • kite/parachute
  • beach/swimming pool
  • cup/glass
  • gate/fence
  • door/window
  • pencil/marker
  • paper/ribbon
  • apple/orange
Speaking of turtles and crabs - if you're looking for some fun activities for your little learners you may like these recent pages in our Pond Coloring Club!

Crab at the Beach

crab coloring page

Turtle One Page Craft

turtle craft page

turtle activities for kindergarten