Science Vocabulary Jenga is a wild time. It’s loud, but easy and lots of fun! I’ve never seen students so excited to test their vocabulary knowledge!
Get yourself a Jenga game (affiliate). On about half the blocks, I wrote a brief definition in black ink and the term in color ink.
How to Play
One student chooses a block. If it’s blank, they put it at the top of the pile. If it has writing, they read the definition. The first student to get it right gets to keep the block. If no one gets it right, tell the other students the answer and add it to the top of the pile so they can come back to it again later. Then, the next student goes. Keep playing until it falls or you run out of definitions (it will likely fall first!). Whoever collects the most blocks is the winner.
Why I Love It
- If I write definitions or descriptions that are different from the ones students are used to hearing and seeing, they have to think more about the answer.
- If no one knows an answer, they will revisit it again within the game.
- There is super high engagement from students.
- It’s easy to prep and play over and over again.