Classroom word games for learning English vocabulary

Vocabulary Quizzes

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learning and teaching resources

Quizzes are a fantastic way to see what your students have already learnt. Also, they can be useful as a consolidation activity. Why not use our printable resources to create your own quizzes to play with your class? Here you can find some suggestions.

Fun, interactive, great tools for learning. Who doesn't like to play classroom games? Here are some ideas to inspire you. These activities can be used in any topic!

The suggested games focus on spelling, writing and vocabulary building. They require minimal preparation and can be used just to practise any vocabulary.

Below you will find descriptions of the following classroom games:

• word hunters
• noughts and crosses
• classroom quiz

To browse all of our vocabulary quizzes sorted alphabetically by topic, use this resource guide. Also, we offer a variety of online word games that go well with these printables.

ideas for extra classroom games

Below you will find some classroom games that go well with our vocabulary quizzes. Any game can be used in any vocabulary topic.

word hunters

  • Write your vocabulary words on the board.
  • The words are not in any order but scattered all over.
  • Divide the class into two teams. Give a piece of chalk to a kid from each team.
  • Read the definition of a word.
  • The first student to circle the word wins a point for his / her team.

noughts and crosses

  • Draw on the board a Noughts and Crosses grid with your vocabulary words in the boxes.
  • Divide the class into two teams. Team A plays with an X and Team B with an O.
  • Team A chooses a box and say the definition of the word.
  • If the answer is correct, rub out the word and write an X in the box. If the answer is wrong, and Team B can correct it with their first guess, you write an O in that box. Then Team B takes the turn, etc.
  • The winner is the team which first completes a line in any direction (vertically, horizontally or diagonally).

classroom quiz

  • Before class, prepare a set of questions (you can use our ready-to-print quiz worksheets).
  • Divide the class into two teams. Decide with the class how many points are needed to win.
  • Draw a scoring table on the board.
  • To begin, read the first question (you can select it randomly).
  • If a member of either team thinks they can answer, they raise their hand and must give their answer immediately.
  • If it is correct, their team earns a point.
  • If it is not correct, the other team has thirty seconds (or whatever seems a reasonable length of time) in which to try to answer.
  • If they answer correctly, they earn a point.
  • If neither team answers correctly, give the correct answer(s).
  • Continue play by asking one question from each category in turn.
  • The game is over when a team reaches the target number of points.