Play charades with key content vocabulary! Students choose from a list of words you've created. Go over the following signal clues that can be used during play:
Number of syllables in the word: Lay your fingers on your arm.
Which syllable you are working on: Lay which number (with your fingers) you are working on on your arm again.
Length of word: Make a "short" or "long" length between your two index fingers.
The whole idea: Sweep your arms open.
You got the answer: put your finger on your nose and point at the person.
To show something that sounds like the syllable or word: Cup your hand behind your ear.
If the answer is plural, link your pinky fingers.
To indicate past tense: wave your hand behind your back.
Alternatives & Extensions: List a topic to help guide students in their guesses. Make a list of possible words on the board for younger students. For older students, choose titles of books you have read as a class. For an extra challenge, act out mathematical equations or scientific properties. Have students work in pairs or small groups to act out words, titles, concepts etc.
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