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Bookworm: My favourite ‘evergreen’ game ever!

Assalamualaikum and a very good day [or night] to all!

Among all the games that I have played, my favourite game to be included in the lesson is BOOKWORM. I could not remember when was my first time playing this game but I think it should be after my SPM examination or somewhere during my early years in MPIK.

Welcome to BOOKWORM!

You can play this game online or you even can download this game as well. Go to this link. What you have to do is to register yourself first. Once you have registered, you can play this game and also other games that are available from this website.

A very simple registration and then login!

Simple instructions to download.

How would I exploit BOOKWORM in my classroom?

Targeted year: Year 3 [High level of proficiency]

Period: 3 hours [two sessions with each 1 hour 30 minutes]

Language focus: Word classes

Focused skill: Reading

Integrated skill: Writing

Learning objectives: Pupils will be able to…

  1. group the words that they have found from the game based on different word classes.
  2. find the meaning of the words from the dictionary.
  3. draw clues of the words that they want their friends to guess.
  4. create story by including words that they have found in the game.

Before/ ENGAGE:

  • Teacher asks pupils to share any games that they have played previously. The pupils are also to share what they have learnt from the games that they have mentioned.
  • Teacher then introduces BOOKWORM to the pupils.
  • Teacher tells about this game and also shows example on how to play it.
  • Teacher tells the pupils what they are expected to do while playing the game.

Play game to PLAY!

During/ EXPLORE:

  • Pupils are to work in pairs. Firstly, they are to play the game for 40 minutes. Teacher sets the time. Each pupil takes turn where the first 20 minutes for pupil A to play while pupil B records all the words that they could find from the game and for the second 20 minutes, they exchange position.
  • While the pupils are playing BOOKWORM, they can start grouping the words that they could find from the game according to three word classes which are nouns, verbs and adjectives.

Let's find words!


  • Each pair is to team up with another pair in order to make four pupils in a group. They are to combine all the words that they have found from the game.
  • Pupils are to group the words into three word classes; nouns, verbs and adjectives. After that, they are to find the meaning of each word from dictionary and record it down.
  • After that, teacher gives a small white board and a marker to all the groups. Teacher also gives names to each group.
  • Then, if the teacher wants the lesson to be high-used of ICT, each group goes to the front and uses the main computer that links to the LCD projector. By using Super Doodle by KERPOOF tool, the group gives clue about the words that they want the other groups to guess. They are to draw the clue of the word and the other groups are to discuss and guess the answer by writing it down on the small board. They are not allowed to show the answer until they are asked to do so. The group with the most correct answers wins.
  • The other option if the lesson is to be carried out in usual classroom without ICT items like computer, LCD projector and screen, pupils can just use blackboard or whiteboard that is equipped in their classroom to draw clues of the words.
  • Next, pupils are to work individually. They are to create a story by including at least 20 words from the words that they have found while playing BOOKWORM previously. They can just write a simple story by including the words and if the teacher wants the lesson to be high-used of ICT, pupils are encouraged to use MYTHS and LEGENDS tool in creating the story.

Okay, that’s all from me! 2 in 1: Game and lesson. Have a nice day 🙂


8 responses

  1. Hi Idzy, simply yet very EFFECTIVE and BENEFICIAL game! I would like to use it myself in the future! It is very interesting and pupils would love it! Good Job!

    February 15, 2011 at 11:06 am

    • Hi Faustina! Thanks! Thanks! Glad that you like it! Jom main Bookworm. Siapa kalah belanja makan. Hahaha! 🙂

      February 22, 2011 at 12:11 am

  2. Wow, Idzy thanks for the wonderful info. This game teaches word classes and definitely it would be very helpful for all of us. Anyway , can we download this game?

    February 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    • Hi Sakila! Yes, you can download this game and play it offline. You just need to register and then, you can follow the instruction on how to download this game. As simple as that! 🙂

      February 22, 2011 at 12:05 am

  3. Idzy, this is also my favorite game ever!like totally! I like to play the Bookworm Adventure…also your lesson is thorough and it must be fun to study in your class!

    February 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    • Caryn-san! Yeay, I also love this game very much! It somehow helps me to enhance my vocab. Till now, this game is still in my heart. LOL! 🙂

      February 22, 2011 at 12:09 am

  4. Colourful and interesting post Idzy! =)

    I would like to present you with the same question i posted in Saki’s post: while playing word games like such is a great motivator to learn words, how could we as teacher ensure that we really LEARN NEW words and not ‘use back’ the same words they already know/learned?

    February 26, 2011 at 10:55 am

    • Hi Jong! Thanks for your comments! 🙂
      Regarding your question, I feel that we ourselves have to be aware of the words that we use with the kids. Since we have taught the kids on those certain new words, we should always use it in the classroom. We have to be the MODEL for the kids. I give you an example of a classroom situation. Teacher: “Okay class. Can you please submit your homework? Submit your homework.” Usually, we tend to use pass up, right? why not if the kids have learnt ‘submit’ then we use it in the classroom. If we keep on using the new words that they have learnt, I am sure that the kids will get use to it and later apply the words in their daily conversation. 🙂

      February 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

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