What Am I?

Kaitlyn Schmidt

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Standard(s) L.2.6, L.3.6, L.4.6, L.5.6, L.6.6: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

Objective: By the end of this activity, students will be able to accurately define and describe a set of vocabulary terms when given a quiz post activity.


1. Create multiple vocabulary cards that you want your students to mater (enough for each pair of students to have one set).

2. Pair each student up.

3. Students take turns drawing from the stack of vocabulary cards (the cards are facing down in the middle).

4. The student who draws the card places it on their forehead (without looking at the card!).

5. The student who doesn't have the card describes/defines the card on their partners head without saying the word.

6. The student with the card guesses what word is on their head.

7. Repeat the game as many times as desired.


The goal of this game is to get students to learn their vocabulary terms with a fun and challenging game. By the end of the game they will be able to describe/define their vocabulary terms and be able to identify the term based on the description/definition.

This works elementary grades 2 and up!


1. If the students have a hard time not looking at their cards, have them divide the stake in half and give it to each student. This way the student guessing won't have to handle the card.

2. If the students have a hard time defining/describing the vocab word, have cards pre-made with the description on the other side of the vocab word. Have students work together to guess what the word on the other side of the card is.