Language instruction can get rather monotonous. However, there are ways to gamify your language instruction to make it more engaging. I want to share some practical and super simple tips to make your language instruction more engaging and “gamify it” for your students. I also have a planning present freebie that will help you try out a few of these tips.
This is a simple but super engaging game. Read more about it here. I love this game because you can use it with any questions; all you need is enough for all your students. Another option is to let them “pair scoot” and have half as much as you need. If you implement the partner scoot, students could both solve the task by discussing it together and both recording the answer. Another option is to have one student determine the answer and the other student explain the answer. They could take turns being the “person who answers” and “person who explains.” This “game” works perfectly with task cards, but also works well with cut up language worksheets! Read more about how I use SCOOT as a means of assessing my students here.
Online, Multi-player Review Games
Another idea is to review language in an engaging way with online review games such as Kahoot and Quizziz. I wrote an entire post about Quizziz which you can read here. Both of these online review games are super engaging for students, and they’re FREE! Just input your own questions or choose a quiz from their library of quizzes.
When I first started teaching, I remember searching desperately for engaging center games for my students. All I could ever find were games for primary students, so I started making my own. These Roll and Answer Centers are perfect for a minimal prep, but engaging partner game. You can grab a free set that aligns with 4th and 5th grade common core standard L.6 by clicking here. These were game changers for my language instruction. If you are signed up for my email list, you will also get some of these free roll and answer games as a welcome gift.
Another favorite way to gamify language instruction is to take any set of review questions and spice it by adding a little twist. One of my students’ favorites is Test Prep Dress Up, where they choose something from a dress up bin for another player to wear if they get the correct answer. Read more about Test Prep Dress Up here.
Another favorite is Stinky Feet. You can read more about Stinky Feet by clicking here to read a post by Teaching in the Fast Lane. Both Test Prep Dress Up and Stinky Feet work well with PowerPoint reviews or even task card questions (project the task cards on an ELMO for best results).
To help you implement a few of these strategies to gamify your language instruction, I have a freebie for you! This set of 32 task cards works with SCOOT and the Fun Review strategies shared above. There are two sets included in this freebie: 16 task cards that review Synonyms and Antonyms, and 16 task cards that review Homophones. These particular set of task cards comes from my Winter Themed Language Task Card Set for 4th and 5th grade. The seasonal theme is also pretty engaging for students.
Click on the image below to download your free task cards. Don’t forget to head over to Ideas by Jivey to check out her language freebie!
If you like these seasonal task cards or non seasonal task cards, click on the images below to see more from my TpT store.