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Word Sorting Activity for Middle and High School Students

September 7, 2013

Fun word sorting activity for middle and high school students

Word sorting activity of a different kind. A fun and interesting activity for students in middle or high school. Also suitable as a party game.

Details

  • Name: Fun Word Sorting Activity
  • Type: Fun activities for teenagers
  • Participants: Individuals
  • Duration: 15-20 minutes
  • Preparation: None
  • Materials: Pen and paper for all participants

 

Instructions

  • Students are asked to sort the words listed below into groups.
  • The words in each group must be related and have similar meanings.
  • The groups must sort each list within a 30 seconds time limit.
  • Each group that gets the right answer within the time limit scores a point.
  • The group with the most points wins the game.

 

List of words – List A

  • punish
  • amity
  • womanish
  • freedom
  • independence
  • glut
  • retaliate
  • effeminate
  • mannish
  • unison
  • surplus
  • manly
  • license
  • masculine
  • unity
  • profusion
  • revenge
  • womanly
Groups:
  1. punish, retaliate, revenge
  2. effeminate, womanish, womanly
  3. amity, unison, unity
  4. masculine mannish, manly
  5. glut, surplus, profusion
  6. freedom, independent license

 

List of words – List B

  • character
  • humane
  • confer
  • inherit
  • strive
  • rotate
  • reputation
  • humane
  • indulgent
  • discuss
  • acquire
  • attempt
  • record
  • consult
  • swirl
  • circle
  • earn
  • confer
Groups:
  1. character, reputation, record
  2. kind, humane, indulgent
  3. confer, consult, discuss
  4. inherit, acquire, earn
  5. strive, undertake, attempt
  6. rotate, circle, swirl

 

List of words – List C

  • old
  • painter
  • whittle
  • desert
  • counterfeiter
  • peer
  • ancient
  • distinguish
  • swindler
  • hack
  • resign
  • obsolete
  • slice
  • sketcher
  • survey
  • resign
  • shoplifter
  • antique
  • draughtsman
  • scan
  • abandon
  • hew
  • cartoonist
  • abdicate
Groups:
  1. old, ancient, antique, obsolete
  2. painter, sketcher, cartoonist, draughtsman
  3. whittle, hew, hack, slice
  4. abandon, desert, resign, abdicate
  5. thief, swindler, counterfeiter, shoplifter
  6. peer, distinguish, survey, scan

 

Rationale

This activity helps to develop the vocabulary of teenagers and students in fun and interactive manner. The activity may be played in conjunction with or as a preparatory activity to further English language exercises.