So – it sort of feels like the week of giveaways! I normally do not like to throw too many contests into one week for you all as I like to usually spread them out, but I have had so many great items offered and you all know me – I just hate to turn down a chance to make a teacher a winner! So – today we have the game Blurt! from Educational Insights!
You may or may not have seen this game around – we were just looking at it in the store the other day and were contemplating getting it. Well – if that is you – then grab it! It is so much fun! Perfect for a family night, an evening out with friends, or even for a child’s birthday party – it is hilarious. While I know so many of you have lots of places to use it at home, I can also see this game being a GREAT resource for the classroom – for learning!
How the game works:
Basically, you form either teams, or individual players. You will need at least 3 players, as one person has to be the reader of the card, while the other two play. But, that job rotates, so everyone will get an opportunity. The reader rolls the die and picks the next card out of the stack and reads the question that matches with the die. Here are a couple of cards so you can see the types of questions. The side with the stars is easier than the side without the stars.
The players take turns “blurting” out the word from the clue until one person says it first. That person then gets to move their game piece forward according to the number that was rolled on the die. The first person to make it all the way around (does not need an exact roll), is the winner! That is pretty much the gist of the game.
Educational Insights is awesome and has actually included ways to earn Bonus Blurts, Advanced Play Options, and Junior Version Rules too! I can see the secondary teachers using the advanced rules, and the elementary teachers utilizing the Junior version rules – that’s one of the reasons I really liked the game! They do suggest in the Junior version for students to write their guess on a piece of paper (or I could even see whiteboards) and then they earn points if they were correct, spelled it correctly, or both. Probably a good idea to keep the noise level down as I can see the volume hitting high octaves very quickly with this game.
This game would be great for an indoor recess activity or for other curriculum-related tasks! Even with the great ideas they have listed in the directions, I can even see several other ways to use this game as even more than a game. Just one off the top of my head is thinking about using the cards and choosing 5 of the words for the week that you feel students should know what they mean. In the morning before getting started (or whenever it is convenient), have students grab a spiral notebook, write the date, and then after you read the clue, they write down their guess in small print.
From there, you walk around and put a star (in pen or marker), next to the students that had it correct. Then, you announce the word and write it on the board Have students write it down in their vocabulary notebook, write down a definition (it is also on the card), and maybe draw a picture. At the end of the week, do one from the week again and whoever remembers and gets this one correct gets an incentive – or just a high-five (whatever motivation system you have in place in your classroom). In this way, you make learning new words fun and it becomes almost a “word of the day” type of activity. And by the end of the year, student will know almost 200 additional words they may have not come across on their own!
However you choose to use this game – at home or at school – it is one that I think all will enjoy! It is labeled ages 7+, so it is more appropriate for 2nd grade and up (though I have no doubt there may be some K and 1st grade students already ready for it too). Whoo hoo!
Please read and fill out the entry form form below and good luck from Educational Insights and The Organized Classroom Blog!
Winner: Knikole T. – notified via email