Idioms is an ELA game you can play with your class. It contains 32 cards containing idioms, their meanings, and key words in each idiom. To begin the game, a player draws a card and looks at it. They are then allowed 40 seconds to act the idiom as if in a game of charades. If their teammates can properly identify the idiom before time runs out, they earn 3 points. If they can’t, the player who acted out the idiom reads its meaning as shown on the card. Their team is then allowed one guess at the answer which is now worth 2 points. If they still can’t get it, the presenter announces a key word from the idiom as shown on the card. Then the team gets one final guess for one point. If they are still unsuccessful, the opposing team gets one chance to identify the idiom and steal 3 points. This is a highly engaging activity that incorporates drama, critical thinking, and classroom community into an activity the students will love.
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