The Game: The object of Proverbial Wisdom is to introduce students to well-known sayings that either refer to common knowledge or give advice. Proverbs contain truth and can be applied to events and activities in our daily lives. The goal of the game is to guess the proverb that is represented in the student’s drawing.
Research Says: This game gives students a chance to “… learn, practice, and review specific language material” (How to Choose Games, Tyson, 2000).
What You Need
Large construction paper or poster board and colored markers or crayons for each student. Print a different proverb on the back of each paper. The students are to draw a picture on the front side of the paper without showing the proverb to anyone. Conference with each student individually as to the meaning of the proverb or play this game as a follow-up to a unit already studied on proverbs.
After the students complete the drawings, they write the first word of the proverb under the picture, then skip the next word and draw dash marks to represent the number of letters in the word instead, write the third word, then draw dash marks for the fourth word, etc. Double-check the students’ work before proceeding.
What You Do
Students take turns presenting their proverb to the class. They show the picture and read the words below indicating the spaces of the skipped words. The class members guess the proverb. The student who drew the picture uses the proverb in a sentence. Then this student calls on someone else to take a turn. The game continues until every student has had an opportunity to present a proverb.
How to Play
Show 1–2 proverb drawings with words and spaces here
Proverb Eyes like an eagle
Meaning Good eyesight
Proverb Slow as a turtle
Meaning Very slow