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Educational Games Blackboard Relay

( Educational, Literature, Pen and Paper, Relay Race )

As here explained this game is adapted to grammar (sentence construction and punctuation). It may be made to correlate with almost any school subject as explained.

The class is seated with an even number of pupils in each row. A piece of crayon is given to the last players in each row all of whom at a given signal run forward and write on the blackboard at the front of the room a word suitable to begin a sentence. Upon finishing the word each player returns at once to his seat handing the crayon as he does so to the player next in front of him. This second player at once runs forward and writes one word after the first one to which it must bear a suitable relation. In this way each player in the row adds to the sentence being written by his own row the last player being required to write a word that shall complete the sentence and to add punctuation marks.

The points scored are 25 for speed (the first row to finish scoring the maximum and the others proportionately in the order of finishing) 25 for spelling 25 for writing and 25 for grammatical construction capitals and punctuation. The row wins which scores the highest number of points.

The following modes of correlation are suggested for this game —

Arithmetic.–Each relay of pupils writes and solves on the blackboard a problem dictated by the teacher just before the signal to leave their seats. The line wins which has the largest number of problems correct. Multiplication tables may also be written one step for each pupil. English grammar or punctuation as explained previously spelling the teacher announcing the word for each relay as they leave their seats authors each pupil to write the name of an author belonging to a certain period or country each pupil to write the name of some poem play story essay or book by an author whose name is given at the outset of the game or the names of characters from a given literary work or author or the next line or passage from a memorized selection. Geography.–The names of mountain ranges rivers capital cities boundaries products. History.–The names (related to a given period if desired) of famous men–statesmen military men writers artists musicians of battles discoveries etc.

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