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Word Triangles Game (based on the Tri-Ominos tabletop game)
« on: February 27, 2014, 09:41:40 pm »
Hello everyone!

This vocabulary game is based on the number game Tri-Ominos. It's basically like dominoes except that it uses triangles.

To set up the game, first fill in the template. You can download the triangles_TEMPLATE. ppt and use the find-and-replace feature in Powerpoint to quickly change the words to your own vocabulary words. Since I don't have a color printer, sometimes I print out the blank triangles and use colored markers to write the words in (I find color-coding is helpful for the younger students who struggle a bit with reading).

Next, print out one page per group. We usually play this in groups of 2-3 students. Cut out the triangles.

To play, have each group sit around a desk. Have the groups turn over the triangles so they are all face down. Let them mix up the triangles on the desk and then push them into a pile to the side. Choose one starting triangle from the pile and put it face up in the middle of the desk.

Each student draws 5 triangles from the pile and puts them face up in front of them. They can play rock-paper-scissors to determine the playing order. The first student matches one of their triangles to the starting triangle in the middle. They place one of their triangles side-by-side to the starting triangle. So, they must match 2 of the words. If none of their triangles can make a match, then the student draws another triangle from the pile and it's the next student's turn. If the student can make a match, they play and it's the next student's turn.

The first student to run out of triangles is the winner.

To use this as vocabulary practice, have the students say the words that they are matching. You can make it more challenging by having them use the words they match in a sentence or you could try using pictures instead of words.

I've played this game with elementary 4th, 5th and 6th grade and with my parents' class. All of them seem to enjoy it.

If you'd like more info about Tri-Ominos (rule explanations and example pictures), try these pages:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triominoes
http://www.domino-games.com/domino-rules/tri-ominos.html
« Last Edit: February 28, 2014, 07:32:59 am by Goyangi »
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Re: Word Triangles Game (based on the Tri-Ominos tabletop game)
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 08:24:29 am »
Thanks for this.


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Re: Word Triangles Game (based on the Tri-Ominos tabletop game)
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 08:31:48 am »
This is pretty amazing. I wish my classes were small enough to be able to use this T.T
Thanks for sharing, I'll be archiving it for a later date...


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Re: Word Triangles Game (based on the Tri-Ominos tabletop game)
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 06:35:19 pm »
Thanks for this.

No problem! I hope you find it useful!


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This is pretty amazing. I wish my classes were small enough to be able to use this T.T
Thanks for sharing, I'll be archiving it for a later date...

Thanks! Yeah, you'd have to have a bit of time and patience to prepare this for larger classes. My largest elementary school class has 6 kids, so I don't have to prepare too much. Hopefully you can find an opportunity to use it sometime!
10 minutes after the bell, the teacher will appear.
― Gautama Buddha


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Re: Word Triangles Game (based on the Tri-Ominos tabletop game)
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2015, 03:09:22 pm »
Thank you for this game! I'm going to use it for my lower level boys in middle school. I think they'll enjoy it. I made a ppt and used your template to make a bit trickier cards. I tried to use words they knew and also words other middle schoolers tend to not know.