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- If you're unfamiliar with the rules of Pictionary, check out good old Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictionary
- Open book vs. closed book? We did it open book, but if you wanted to make it more challenging, you could do it closed book.
- Competitive or collaborative? You could have the whole group working together to figure out the word, or you could break up into teams.
- When people play Pictionary there are a lot of different strategies to get your team to guess the word. For instance, if your word is "wellness" you might try to draw something that communicates the meaning of the word, like someone looking healthy. Alternatively, you might draw some pictures that will get your team to guess the individual sounds that make up the word, a "sounds like" strategy. So you might draw a picture of a water well to get them to say 'well' and then a picture of the Loch Ness monster to get them to say 'ness.' If you want to crank up the difficulty level (maybe for a second year readings class?) you might prohibit your students from using any English words if they use a "sounds like" strategy. If they want to do use this strategy they have to use Greek words. So in the example I gave, they could not draw a water well to get someone to say the sound "well." But they could draw a water well to get someone to say "phrear" (which is probably not going to help them at all).
If you try it out, let me know how it goes!
After we played I did a little Internet search, and it looks like some homeschoolers are already finding this (and charades!) a fun way to learn Greek vocab.