Vocabulary Games and Puzzles

The logic for using Vocabulary Games and Puzzles seems solid. Puzzles and games…

  • Adapt to studying all types of words
  • Stimulate problem solving
  • Keep the mind active and focused with unique responses
  • Seem like play…the way that children learn
  • Avoid the boredom of drill and repetition
  • Can be competitive…against a persona record, or against a team
  • Can be played with teams, one-on-one, or solitaire

Games can be players with paper and pencil, cards, game boards, computers or Smart Phones.

You can use flash cards to devise a lot of different games…from Flash Card War to Flip-Card Concentration. Words can be related as synonyms, antonyms (opposites) and word quizzes.

Computer word games include…

  • Concentration
  • Battleship
  • Jumble Words
  • Scrambled Words
  • Word Search
  • Hangman

Games can be enjoyed, played in social situations, fun and exciting.

Games can also stretch over long blocks of time…time that busy students don’t have.

Another negative: Games do not stimulate the stress-producing mental effects of a test…effects that degrade your memory and diminish your performance. Test taking skills differ from game-play skills.

So, plan how you use games and puzzles to make study effective without wasting your time.

From: Profesora Chmielewski