How to Use Vocabulary Bingo in the Classroom

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    Preparing and Playing Vocabulary Bingo

    • 1). Create the bingo grid on a piece of 8x10 white paper. It should be five columns wide and five rows high. The center square should be marked “free space” or something similar.

    • 2). Make five different master copies of the vocabulary bingo card. Fill in the remaining spaces with either a vocabulary word or a short definition. Vary the location of the words on each of the five master copies. Make copies of the master bingo cards so you have enough for each student in the class.

    • 3). Pass out a bingo card and markers (candy, beans, confetti) to each student. Instruct the students to mark their “free space” before beginning.

    • 4). Call out a definition for one of the vocabulary words your students have studied. If they recognize the word it defines and have that word on their bingo card, they mark the word. If they do not recognize it, they miss out in winning the game. You can also call out a vocabulary word, and the students will mark the definitions on their cards. When a student gets a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally, they may say “bingo.”

    • 5). When a student wins, he must tell the teacher each of the words in their row, as well as the definitions that go with them. This gives all the students in the class an oral review of words they may not have on their cards.

    • 6). If preferred, laminate copies of the vocabulary template. You can then let students choose 24 vocabulary words and write them with dry-erase markers in any square they choose. This gives them control over their game. Erase the cards after each game and let students choose a different 24 words and different placements.


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