Games for Grammar Usage in High School

Many teachers wonder about games for grammar usage in high school: It can be difficult to work with older students using grammar games because they are often more moody students and are sometimes afraid to come out of their shells.

How can you get students who have fallen behind on their grammar skills to take risks and figure out the rules of grammar? With the right games up your sleeve, you can motivate your students to step outside of their comfort zone, get competitive with their peers, build teamwork skills, and even learn to love grammar.

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Do I Have to Make Up Grammar Games Myself?

If you’re a teacher who is struggling to have your students learn proper grammar skills, and traditional teaching methods simply are not effective in teaching them all they need to know, you are taking the right step by incorporating games into your lesson plan. Let's face it: The minute a student decides a game is boring or dorky, it’s hard to get them fully involved in the learning process.

You certainly don’t need to make up your own games, however. There are so many games out there that teachers and educators have been testing on their students for years. You can find these grammar games, designed to target high school students, in lesson plans from your colleagues or in teaching manuals. Don't be afraid to ask your colleagues and friends for help in designing great games to help your students.

Grammar Games High School

Some of the best games are really simple and get students working with teammates to become more effective writers and speakers. Reinforce the idea that good grammar is a powerful tool. With grammar skills in your toolbox, you can tackle public speaking, spelling, essay writing, and nuanced critical reading skills with ease.

SWAT

One very popular game is called SWAT. You can use this for helping students learn lots of concepts, like explaining types of verbs. To play, you need to divide your students into two teams. Also, you will need to have a blackboard and some chalk.

There are three types of verbs in English grammar:

Write these three types of verbs on the board and have one student from each team come up to take their turn. Read a sentence out loud, and ask them to SWAT which kind of verb is featured in the sentence. The first to "swat" the correct answer wins! You can play this game for different kinds of adjectives, nouns, articles, and other grammatical elements.

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Rolling for Prefixes

For this game, you’ll need two dice, the printable and a timer. You’ll split the class up into two teams. Each team will roll one die. The team to complete the task first or most successfully wins. Use your discretion for teams that both did equally well.

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Sentence War

Activate a high schooler’s sense of competition through sentence wars. You can use this to review parts of speech or help high schoolers who are having trouble with grammar or spelling. While you can create cards or write parts of speech on sticky notes for students to select, it can be fun to create a customizable spinner. Add all the parts of speech to the wheel or cards.

To play, you’ll split your class into two groups.

  1. Choose one group randomly to start by spinning the wheel or selecting cards (they should each take turns).
  2. Depending on what the spinner lands on, both groups will go to the board and write the word. For example, if it lands on a noun, each group will write a noun on the board.
  3. The next person will then spin and build off the first word.
  4. The first group to correctly add each part of speech to create a plausible sentence wins.
  5. Play several times telling students to try to get creative with their sentences.
  6. You might hand out small prizes or candies to the winning groups.

Grammar Jeopardy

This is an oldie but a goodie. Not only are there several templates available online, but they can be easily created using paper and the whiteboard.

You might include sections like “place that comma,” “commonly confused words” and “common grammar errors,” to name a few. You’ll then create questions for each different section and assign them a dollar value from $100 to $500. The higher the value, the harder the question. Separate your classroom into two or more teams and get playing!

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Grammar Usage Games

Finding games for grammar usage in high school can be tough. Students may deem them “totes boring,” but with a little creativity, you can spice things up. Remember to target your games to the age group and interests of the students in your classroom. And to keep it fun, you might enjoy some other educational games like talk like Shakespeare or charades.