Rob The Nest Sentence Game
Time to get out of the classroom? This game is designed to be played in large spaces (like the gym!) and can easily take up an entire lesson.
Print, laminate, and cut out the words in the file attached to this article, or make your own!
How to Play
Students make even teams and arrange spaced out in a circle (green). Place all the word cards in the middle of the circle (red). The further the students are from the center, the better.
The initial goal is to grab as many words as possible within 5 minutes. Students must run to the center of the circle. They can only take one word at a time and must return it to their “nest” before being able to carry another.
Students can also attempt to steal words from other teams. Nests cannot be explicitly guarded as students tend to just body each other if you do, but you may wish to add a tag-out rule to take back the stolen word before it reaches another nest (in this case, add a “jail” area. Students can be released after a set amount of time, or if some other condition is met).
Once time runs out, students then have another 5~10 minutes to arrange the cards into as many gramatically-correct sentences as possible. Each card used is one point. For example, using three cards to make “I like math” would constitute three points, but “I like apples.” would be five, as both the plural s and period are individual cards.
The game can be played for as many rounds as you’d like, and the team with the most points at the end is the winner! I like to award bonus (unfair) points for funny or interesting sentences, like stars at the end of Mario Party, so that everything descends into chaos and screaming. It’s the best.
Do you have more game ideas for us? We’d love to hear from you!