Scategories is a great board game allowing all ages and abilities to contribute. This is a strategy for an introductory lesson as it activates previous knowledge as well as gets students to think about related ideas.
I make a game sheet. I usually make it small enough to fit three game sheets on one page (saves photo-copy clicks!).
Game 1 game 2 game 3
|4||In my Community||Salvation Army|
|5||Rights and Responsibilities|
|6||Common Symbols||Swoosh (Nike)|
|8||Democracy means||Speaking Up|
|9||Non-Governmental Organizations||Save the Children|
|10||Things Citizens do…||sign petitions|
|11||Movies which teach Civics concepts||Stand and Deliver|
|12||Synonyms for Civics|
I change the categories to suit the subject or unit.
How to Play
Goal: get the most points
Object: earn points by having unique words in each category
1) Teacher picks a letter of the alphabet (ex: S – as above)
2) Students have 2 or 3 minutes to come up with words which start with this letter and fit the category (see game 2 above).
3) Students cannot repeat the same word in a different category. (They can’t have ‘Stand’ for ‘things citizens do’ and also “Stand and Deliver” for movies.)
4) Take up answers. If one group has the same word as another, students strike off their answers and no points are awarded. If the group has a unique word, one point is awarded.
5) Add up points and declare a winner!
Aschew the use of the letter and have students use course-related/unit related terms to fit the categories. This can be a great review!