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4 Words 1 Question

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Game Features

  • Gameshow-like design and sound effects

  • Tons of flexibility – This game can go as short or as long as you’d like depending on how many rounds you have

  • 25 rounds of gameplay already provided

  • All text is editable, so easily change or update the game as needed (I recommend searching prompts from the “5 Little Clues 1 Word” game on Google for more round ideas)

How to Play

  • Divide your class into teams. How many teams and how many students per team is up to you.

  • Each round, one student from each team stands up.

  • You will show them four words, one by one.

  • Their goal is to try to guess the secret word from the four words and make a question using that word, “Do you know anything about _______?

  • To guess, I usually have the students standing raise their hand and I choose whoever put their hand up first to answer, but feel free to change this with whatever method works best with your class.

  • Once a student answers correctly, they get a point for their team.

  • The team with the most points at the end of the game wins!


  • Optional Rule: Students can make a guess before all four words are revealed. However, if I play this way, usually I give students only one guess for that round and if they guess incorrectly they’re out.

  • You can also make this into a writing game where each round the teams work together to figure out the answer and write it down on mini whiteboards. Then, any team who answers correctly gets a point.

  • User Submitted: Students are given 4 words, one at a time. After each word, they need to guess what the secret word is instead of a sentence. If they get it on the 1st word, they get 4 points, 2nd word, 3 points, and so on.  (Thank you Paul Cooper for the suggestion!) 


(NOTE: The runtime for this game can VARY depending on how many rounds you have in the game. For example, I usually play about 20min and don't get through all 25 rounds.)

STUDENTS: 1     TIME: 11min     FINISHED GAME?: Yes

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