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Wordapalooza!

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What is Wordapalooza!?

Wordapalooza! is a card game designed to encourage the discussion and exploration of words and their meanings as well as the nuances of language. In particular, we aspire to produce a game that entices friends and family to gather around the proverbial “kitchen table” to play a fun and educational face-to-face game that fosters social interaction. Wordapalooza! is an engaging vocabulary-building game for players of all ages who want to improve their language skills, whether they are students, word enthusiasts, or seniors interested in keeping their minds sharp and vibrant.

Wordapalooza! pits players’ knowledge of words against that of their opponents. Players challenge opponents on the meanings of words of varying difficulty that are dealt to each player. How players respond to the challenges determines who amasses the most points and emerges victorious. Play becomes especially exciting as players attempt to gauge their knowledge against that of their opponents and strategize about whether to challenge harder or easier words in order to score the most points.

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Want to see your favorite word featured in a Wordapalooza! deck? Submit up to 10 words below. If you suggest a new word to us that we use in a deck, we will feature your name in the example sentence for that word (with your permission, of course!).

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Who wants to play?

Wordapalooza! is an engaging vocabulary-building game for players of all ages who want to improve their language skills, whether they are students, word enthusiasts, or seniors interested in keeping their minds sharp and vibrant.

Students and Teachers

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Wordapalooza! offers a ready-made classroom activity for students to learn new words and reinforce their vocabulary knowledge in a game that offers intrinsic motivation. The game design encourages crosstalk among players as they explore the nuances of meaning when they share and discuss their definitions. Example sentences create additional “hooks” that help students internalize their new vocabulary knowledge. Games can last as short or as long as players would like…just deal fewer cards for quick games. Wordapalooza! is a great learning tool that has a natural place in any English language arts (ELA) classroom. Start with Level One and advance through difficulty levels as students build word expertise.

Families

FamilySmallWordapalooza! gives families an engaging activity for valuable face-to-face interaction around a table. Build word knowledge as a family and celebrate learning with good-natured and spirited competition. Adult players can create a handicap system for younger players so that everyone can get involved, middle school students and up.

Friends

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Wordapalooza! offers friends a fun social activity that allows them to reacquaint themselves with forgotten words and learn new words with light-hearted social banter. People continue to build vocabularies over their lifetimes…why not make it fun?

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