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  • jamierlyon
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    • April 07, 2011, 02:27:31 pm
    • Seoul, South Korea
Scattegories
« on: April 08, 2011, 09:10:05 am »
Here is a "scattegories" game that my students just absolutely love.

Included here is a worksheet with four different rounds of categories, a .ppt with an explanation, and a link to a random letter generator that you can use to select your "mystery letter".  Note, the original game did not include the letters: Q U V X Y Z (so you can exclude them in the generator or just try again if you get one!).

Another note: you don't actually need to print the worksheet as the categories are actually all included at the end of the .ppt file.  Students just need paper, pencils, and a competitive spirit (always in abundance when we play this!).


Enjoy!


Random Letter Generator: http://www.dave-reed.com/Nifty/randSeq.html
Further instructions on the game and variations on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scattergories


  • jamierlyon
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    • 29

    • April 07, 2011, 02:27:31 pm
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: Scattegories
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2011, 09:15:42 am »
Hmm, have you posted at least five times?  I actually can't download files yet either because I haven't posted enough.  So actually I can't see my own files here either!  But I see the attachment icon though, so I'm going to assume its just because you need to make some more posts.  Try back later!


  • jamierlyon
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    • April 07, 2011, 02:27:31 pm
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: Scattegories
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2011, 09:16:46 am »
Aha!  Yes, that last post was actually my fifth post, and indeed I can now see the files!


  • gugu009
  • Waygookin

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    • October 08, 2010, 08:33:12 am
Re: Scattegories
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2011, 09:17:30 am »
thanks...what level are your students?  i'm trying to think if my low level students could do this.

also, i would have them create sentences out of the answers.  i find that students can answer questions etc, but usually have trouble creating their own sentences.


  • jamierlyon
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    • 29

    • April 07, 2011, 02:27:31 pm
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: Scattegories
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2011, 09:51:28 am »
The beauty of the game is that it can be played with any level, as I find that even my lowest level students at least have varying degrees vocabulary when it comes to nouns. 

I like your idea of using sentences - you could offer a bonus point for groups that can make a sentence using the clue and their answer ("A tomato is a healthy vegetable.", "Baseball is my favorite sport.").  You could give more points for more complex answers.

Good idea :)


  • misskris
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    • October 08, 2010, 02:46:41 pm
    • seoul
Re: Scattegories
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2011, 09:58:44 am »
I love Scattergories!!!

You can even play it with no board or powerpoint at all!


  • kyrourke
  • Waygookin

    • 13

    • March 18, 2011, 10:58:41 am
    • KOREA
Re: Scattegories
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2011, 10:05:26 am »
I played this one last week, it was great...cheers


  • skeller
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    • April 01, 2011, 01:27:21 pm
    • Seoul, Korea
Re: Scattegories
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2011, 10:05:59 am »
Thanks for posting this. Great Powerpoint and explanation. My students loved it. My high level students got really competitive and my low levels enjoyed being able to generate words they knew.

I have a hard time keeping them quiet for checking the scoring though.  any suggestions?


  • cwoo
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    • September 27, 2010, 04:04:43 pm
Re: Scattegories
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2011, 11:43:14 am »
Thanks for the scattegories idea. I used it yesterday with my after school class and the second graders loved it. I got them to answer the questions in teams of two, earning two points for every word that was suitable for the category. I had also written down my own answers, if the students' answer matched mine they earned 5 points to add an extra bit of competition to the mix. Lots of groans and cheers of triumph ensued, fun all round!


  • alecat
  • Waygookin

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    • November 06, 2010, 12:27:00 am
    • Korea
Re: Scattegories
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2011, 11:54:19 am »
To help control noise when checking answers for Scattergories, we had one speaker from each group stand up and we asked each person to share their group's answer for number 1. Then we asked a second speaker from each group to stand up and one by one they ready their answer (all while we keep a tally on the board). Continue changing the group speaker until the list is done :)


  • alecat
  • Waygookin

    • 10

    • November 06, 2010, 12:27:00 am
    • Korea
Re: Scattegories
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2011, 01:15:09 pm »
Here is the version we use in our After School Class. I've also included a PDF file I found online from the NWT Literacy Council.


  • thelds19
  • Waygookin

    • 14

    • October 04, 2010, 10:15:16 am
    • Yeoju
Re: Scattegories
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2011, 02:10:33 pm »
Hey, thanks for the sheets! super useful to have these.  Students love playing this game


Re: Scattegories
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2011, 02:33:07 pm »
Here's my two-penneth for scategories

I use this with elementary students...
1-2 mins per letter
Pick the letter from alphabet cards (minus x,y,z,etc!)
Teams keep track of their own score
Gotta whisper, kids, otherwise another team will hear you and copy your answer! he he he
Spelling's not supremely important (elem kids wouldn't stand a chance!)
answer sheet is so I can give hints to lower groups!
« Last Edit: April 08, 2011, 03:01:49 pm by letsgoteacher »


Re: Scattegories
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2011, 02:47:15 pm »
Yeah my middle school kids LOVE playing scattegories, even the low level kids get really into it. :)


Re: Scattegories
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2011, 03:20:47 am »
Looks great, will use with low-average leveled elementary students!


  • shar73lee
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    • September 15, 2010, 09:18:03 am
    • S. Korea
Re: Scattegories
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2011, 11:56:46 am »
How long does a game of Scattegories usually take?

This sounds like a game my students will enjoy though. Thanks!