Language Lesson for Elementary and Middle School Students
In continuance of speech, language, and hearing month, this week's blog is about a great language game that you can use with your elementary and middle school students: Headbanz. Yes, I spelled that correctly! It's a game geared for 8-12 year olds, according to the manufacturers; however, it can be easily adapted for most any age and developmental ability. Headbanz is a guessing game that you can use to target categories, attributes, asking and answering questions, and deductive reasoning. It includes a deck of cards, plastic headbands, and a timer. The object is to guess the name of the picture posted in your headband before time runs out. While it comes with a list of sample questions, I found that my students relied heavily on using this card, but merely asked each question without giving much thought to the answers. I adapted the question cue card to a full sheet of questions arranged in categories. When we use this sheet, I instruct the student that is guessing to ask the bold faced, category questions until he or she receives a "Yes" answer, and then proceed to ask the remaining questions from that category. For example, if a student asks, "Is it a food?" and the other students answer, "Yes," then the guesser can go down the list of questions in that category that ask things like, "Is it a vegetable?" You can further adapt the game by just using items from one group, like food, to encourage students to create some of their own questions about food. Overall, I think this game complements many language targets and it will come in especially handy as we approach the end of our school year here in Illinois!