Do you want to find motivating games for the older students on your caseload?
Although I do not work with that age group now, I have worked with them in the past. It is a very difficult group to work with. Curriculum expectations are getting more intense, self awareness kicks in, and planning can be a nightmare!! I know for me, keeping my students motivated was the most difficult part. They might hate school at this point because it is extremely difficult for them, they may be embarrassed about coming to speech therapy, and/or they might be missing fun classes to come to speech. I felt that it was important the first month of school to do numerous activities to help them understand why they are there, benefits of working hard, and get an idea of motivators.
I was fortunate enough to have a Smart Board at that time. I used numerous games on Quia and other websites as motivators. I also created TONS of PowerPoint games to address the different grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension goals.
I was surprised to learn that my students truly enjoyed when I took out a game at the end of the session to reward them. I did research to find the most appropriate games for this age group that also addressed their speech and language goals. In no particular order, here are a bunch that I used and felt was successful with this age group. (This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links.)
1. 20 Questions Board Game: A great way to work on inferencing, questioning, and turn-taking. The pop culture questions are a great motivator.
2. Apples to Apples: such a fun way to work on parts of speech and expanding vocabulary!
4. Jenga: An easy game to use with any concept!
5. Scattergories: A fun way to work on categories! I usually modify the game for the group by combining cards, changing what they say to make them more appropriate, etc.
6. Stare Junior: This game is GREAT for upper elementary into high school to work on improving memory and teaching the visualization strategy. The Junior version has more entertaining pictures for students.