Writers and Runners

Writers and Runners

Age Group: Elementary, Junior High School
Subject: Sentence Writing, Vocabulary
Goal of Lesson: Students think of sentences to write with a vocabulary word and write it down as quickly as possible.
Time Needed: 20 minutes
Materials Needed: whiteboard


Writers and runners is a fun activity to get the class up, thinking quickly and writing on the board. You can use a sticky ball to let the students choose their vocabulary, but I like to tell them when it's their turns to write.


Look at the diagram below. This is the whiteboard. Set is up with 2 teams and the words that you want to practice on the top.


Writers and runners lesson plans


I then line up the two teams facing the white board. The first 2 students are at the whiteboard ready to go.


When I say "GO", I tell each student a word. For example, the student on the left has the word "goes". The student on the right has the word "also".


As quickly as they can , they make a sentence for their word.


As soon as they finish, they pass the marker to the next person on their team. I then tell that student a new word.


The game continues until all the students on one team have finished and each written one sentence.




Scoring is not so basic.

  • 1 point if your team finishes first.
  • 2 points for each sentence that is completely correct.
  • Deduct a point for each mistake from 2. For example, if the sentence has one mistake, then that sentence gets 1 point. BUT, if it has 2 mistakes, it gets 0 points.
  • Finally, count up the points for each team, and you have a winner for that round. Play again!!!





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