Guess the Category
Purpose: To review vocabulary, to practice generalization and figuring out a topic
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Materials: Tutor-generated word lists for students
Generate lists of words that your students know. One of the words in the list should be the topic or category. The other should be words that fit into that category. Make a copy of the list for each student. For example:
List #1 List #2 List #3
Ocean cat shirt
Sea dog socks
River squirrel pants
Lake buffalo hat
Water horse jacket
Pond camel clothing
Puddle animal tie
Bay deer sweater
Stream lion scarf
1. Present the list to the students and explain the activity.
2. Have the students quickly read through the list and circle the word that is the topic or the category.
3. When finished, have them read their answers. Discuss any that they got incorrect.
Variation: For higher-level students, provide them with a list of words WITHOUT the category. The task is to determine the category.