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Snap Shots(5 mins)


A game to help students improve their vocabulary and understand the meaning of words.

Learning outcomes:
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Dictionary skills
Required Material:
  • A dictionary per student (could be a dictionary on the computer)
  • Pen and paper
  • Whiteboard
  • Whiteboard marker

Aim of the game:
  • To find and learn the meaning and spelling of a word no one else knows.

How to Play:
  1. Students need to find new difficult words, they can choose one or a couple
  2. When students pick a word they need to learn what it means and then practice spelling the word. They may need a bit of time to do this, and you could give them strategies of how to best learn the word.
  3. When they have had time they need to be challenged by the class, each student returns their dictionaries and takes their turn to read out a word to the class.
  4. Three people from the class get to guess what the word means, if a student guesses right then the student sharing has to sit down and someone else shares another word.
  5. If a student shares a word that no one else knows the meaning of they need to come out the front and write the spelling on the board.
  6. If they spell it correctly then they are a winner and the next student has a turn.


Some dictionaries are better than others for this game, depending on how many difficult words are in them. If possible it is good to use software or online dictionaries as they have a bigger selection of words. To challenge the students even further after they spell the word they might need to put the word into a good sentence to show their understanding of it. This game could also be played in teams, with each team member finding a word. A scrabble style point system could also be brought into place with each letter in a word earning points for the team.