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Arcademic Skill Builders: Word Invasion - Parts of Speech Game

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.arcademics.com/games/

Website Example: http://www.arcademics.com/games/

More Ways

Computer(s), Internet access, projector (for class presentation)

Activity Description

After teaching parts of speech, use this game to have students practice identifying parts of speech. This is a fast-paced single-player game, but could be used as a whole class review with students calling out the words. In addition, this site has games on many other topics. (See the More Ways section below.)

Preparation

  1. Make sure site is not blocked at your school.
  2. Try out the exercise you plan to use on the computer(s) before having students try it.
  3. Check for answers you may not agree with.

How-To

  1. Go to the Example Web Site (above). Select Play.
  2. Use the arrow keys to move the diamond. To grab a word, press the spacebar or select the word with the mouse. (These instructions are provided onscreen prior to the start of the game).
  3. Select Next. Select options (content type – which parts of speech to include in the game and game speed – slow, normal, or fast). Select Start. Select the Click to play button. Jellyfish with words in them drift toward the octopus at the bottom. Word types are provided in the octopus and then the octopus is activated to fire beams using the mouse to select falling words to destroy the word(s) that can be categorized as the given word type. If the jellyfish reach the octopus before being destroyed by the correct answer, the game ends.

More Ways

  • The Web site has numerous other single- and multiple-player games for fun class review and practice. Use the Web Site link (immediately above) and browse the Subjects and Grades to find one to supplement instruction.
  • Besides games on parts of speech, you will find games on: double vowels, verb tenses and forms, vowels, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, word recognition, subject-verb agreement, States and Capitals, countries and capitals, typing, and spelling
  • There are several math-related games including the following: time conversion, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, comparing fractions, adding decimals, multiplying integers, proportion, counting money, algebraic exponent expressions, fraction to decimal conversion, decimal conversion, ratio recognition, ratio equivalency, multiplying fractions, adding fractions, adding integers, algebraic variable expressions.

Levels

  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Standards

Basic Communication

  • (7.2) Demonstrate ability to use critical thinking skills
  • (7.3) Demonstrate ability to use problem-solving skills
  • (7.4) Demonstrate study skills
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.