The Best Dictionary and Encyclopedia Games

The Dictionary Game

Players take turns being the trickster in this hilarious, yet educational dictionary game. The trickster must search through the dictionary and select an interesting, unfamiliar word. The trickster then shares and spells the word for the other players. The trickster writes this word and the definition on a slip of paper. The other players must create a fake definition for the word and hand it over to the trickster. Next, the trickster shuffles the definitions and reads each aloud. Players vote on which definition they believe to be the real definition. Players receive a point for every person that votes for their definition. The trickster receives a point for every player that he or she tricks. Players that select the correct definition also receive a point. Play continues until each person has had the chance to be the trickster. The winner is the player with the most points at the end of the game.

The Encyclopedia Game

If you have ever played Apples to Apples, your students will be excellent at the encyclopedia game. You can use your green adjective cards from apples to apples or a long list of adjectives such as this one and encyclopedias. Flip over an adjective card or slip. Each player must choose an entry from the encyclopedia volume that is best categorized by the adjective selected in the time allotted. Players can decide the time allotment before the game begins. The judge then chooses which entry is best fit (or the most entertaining) for the adjective. Play continues until everyone has had a chance to be judge. The winner is the player with the most points!

Looking for more reference material games, check out 14 Great Games to Play with Reference Materials.

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