A new twist on a classic last-five-minutes-of-class game!
The game is played just like regular hangman at the beginning – the teacher thinks of a word and students guess letters. For every wrong letter, the teacher (or the student leading the game) draws a body part on the board. If the teacher draws the whole body on the board, the students have lost. If the students guess the word before the body is finished, they win.
Pretty standard Hangman design – as you can see, some of my students aren’t clear on what letters are most common in English! This is a seven-letter word, so I’d give 14 points for guessing it correctly.
(To be politically correct, you can replace the hanging theme with something else. I sometimes draw a face on the board and erase it bit by bit. Now it’s not hangman but a whole new game!)
My alternative to Hangman – erase the face. One wrong letter erases the hair, one the mouth, one the body, and so on. The kids honestly don’t realize this is the same game as Hangman!
To add to the educational value of the game, after the word is guessed, the students have the chance to earn points. I have a sliding scale of point values for my students. You get 5 points for naming a synonym or antonym (opposite) of the word. You get 10 points for using the word in a sentence or defining the word in English. I also give two points per letter for guessing the complete word. I play this team by team, rather than giving points to individual students, but either way would work.
Scoring for the word Lantern.
To keep it organized, if team A guesses the word, they get first choice of bonus points. They choose to use the word in a sentence for 10 points. Then team B gets the chance to earn bonus points by naming a synonym or antonym, or giving a definition of the word. If we’re short on time, we might guess five or six words in a row, writing the answers in the corner of the white board, and then use them in sentences etc. for bonus points at the end of the game.