Games and gamified activities

Games or game-like activities

Hangman with this month’s vocabulary practice. This is a game, but playing it in pairs adds more game elements.
    Countdown; behavioral momentum; community collaboration

A writing contest where the winning team’s entry is published. Publication is key to making this more meaningful and more of a Quest than an assignment.
    Achievement; epic meaning; ownership; quest

A spelling bee where participants work in teams. Teamwork is an interesting game element to add.
    Achievement; community collaboration; points

Finding information in a reading to use in solving a puzzle. The puzzle makes this more of a game.
    Discovery; challenge; achievement (if the puzzle is solved)


Decoding aparagraphwheretherearenospacesbetweenthewords
    Challenge; achievement; could be community collaboration if learners work together

Gamified activities

An online crossword puzzle about clothing
    Add game elements – countdown (time limit), community collaboration (work in pairs), points, achievement

Responding to questions about a 10-minute video clip
    Add
points, teamwork (community collaboration), student-generated questions (ownership)
    Student-created video (
epic meaning, ownership, challenge, achievement)

Memorizing vocabulary for a weekly quiz
    Turn it into a game – teamwork
(community collaboration), challenge, points with flashcards; record progress (progression)

Highlighting the transition words in a reading
    Turn it into a game – teamwork
(community collaboration), challenge, points, achievement (if all correct)

Doing a workbook exercise about the past tense
    Turn it into a game – teamwork
(community collaboration), challenge, points, achievement (if all correct)
    Ownership if they make their own exercise questions to ask each other

Doing a presentation about a favorite vacation
    Using their own pictures (
ownership), epic meaning if shared publicly; points with a rubric; possibly a team effort
    P
rogression if learners see that their presentations are getting longer over time or the task is broken into steps

Writing a compare/contrast paragraph
    Ownership;
epic meaning if shared; achievement if the best paragraphs are posted on the wall; points with a rubric;
    Progression
if learners see that their writing is getting longer over time or the task is broken into steps



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Created by D. Healey; last updated 24 March 2019