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    DESIGN YOUR OWN GAME

    Materials Needed

    Pencil
    Scissors
    Thesaurus

    Directions

    I. Create your game

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    With a small group, choose a BrainPOP Topic, book you're reading, or another topic you're studying that interests your group. NOTE: You will be making your game for another small group to play.
    2
    Choose 3-5 words associated with the chosen topic. Make sure each word has a lot of synonyms. The best words for this game are verbs or adjectives.
    3
    Come up with at least 9 synonyms for each word and write them down. Use a thesaurus to help you. Remember, synonyms must be same tense and part of speech as your target word.
    4
    Write 3 sentences for each word. Your first two sentences can use the word in any way you'd like. The third sentence should be taken from the BrainPOP Topic or from your other readings that use your word. Draw a line for the missing word. Make sure your sentences have context clues players can use to figure out the missing word.
    5
    Cut out the Pick and Super Pick tokens.
    6
    Fold the Meaning of Beep templates so that the answers are hidden.

    II. Play

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    Swap your game with another group. Play the other group's game.
    2
    Round One: Reveal the first sentence. Each player writes down their guess for what word they think is missing.
    3
    Each player places a Pick or Super Pick token on the guess they think fits best. Just like in the online version of the game, you lose points if your Super Pick is wrong, so pick carefully!
    4
    Round Two: Reveal the second sentence. Again, players writes their guesses for the missing word. Remember, you cannot guess the same word as the first sentence. Instead you need to guess a synonym. HINT: Your synonym should work in the first sentence, too.
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    Everyone places a Pick or Super Pick token on a guess for the second sentence.
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    Round Three: Reveal the third and final sentence. Again, players write their guesses for the missing word. Remember, no repeats!
    7
    Everyone places their last Pick or Super Pick token.
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    Reveal the correct word! Tally your points one player at a time. Give each player 1 point for each correct guess and correct Pick they made. Give them 2 points for correct Super Picks, and -1 point for incorrect Super Picks.

    Tips for Designing The Meaning of Beep

    Be sure to include context clues in the sentences to help players figure out the meaning of the missing words. Using antonyms, contrasts, or definitions can be really helpful!
    The first sentence should give the players some direction, but not give the answer away. Make sure a few incorrect words can fit into the blank, however don't let too many words fit or it will be too frustrating!
    The second sentence should be very specific, and ideally only allow the correct word to fit. This lets the players either confirm or rethink their guesses from the first round.
    Domain-specific words are tough to design for. Domain-specific words are words that have a very specific meaning within a topic, such as "photosynthesis". There aren't any synonyms for "photosynthesis", meaning it wouldn't work for the game!