As I was re-arranging my speech materials I ran across the game Moods. I used it a lot last year with my social language groups for 4-8th graders. Those groups are always hard to plan for so I thought I’d share it!
Moods is a Hasbro game for 2-4 players. It’s recommended for adults. It’s easily adapted for our students.
I won’t even explain all the specific directions for the adult version. I’ll just share how I used it!
Start by going through the cards. Remove anything that is adult in nature. There are cards about alcohol and some cards that could be used as a mean/rude comment. There are some idioms/comments I knew my kids wouldn’t understand. I removed all those. It was only about 20 of the cards. PLEASE REMOVE THEM BEFORE YOU PLAY. Don’t wait and try to do it as you go.
Open the game board. Place 10 mood cards on the game board. Each mood card names an emotion/mood.
On your turn, roll the 10 sided die. The number you roll indicates the emotion/mood you will convey while you read your sentence. On the photo above the student rolled 6. The card on 6 is ’embarrassed’.
Next pull a sentence card. This sentence said, “Oh boy, my subscription is running out”. Read that in an ’embarrassed’ voice. Next I had the kids talk about what when hey might have said that sentence. When their Netflix was about to expire? If they had a friend over and they were embarrassed not to have unlimited access to the internet/phone/Netflix. Some other examples of the sentence cards are “Stop staring at the monkeys.” “I love you.” “Stop wiggling for a minute.” “I’ve got a fever of 103.” “I can’t believe you said that.” “The British are coming. The British are coming.” My word, am I good looking!” “Don’t move, let me get it.” “Was I snoring again?” If you wanted you could easily substitute your own sentences for the kids to say in the correct mood.
The students moved around the board the number of spaces they roll if they act out the mood correctly.
Here is the Amazon affiliate link. Before you comment, please understand that they don’t make this anymore. So on Amazon it costs like $70. Just go read the descriptions and reviews. Then go to e-bay and buy it for 10 bucks! I found it at a garage sale. I thought it was really easy to adapt to my 4th-8th graders.
Have you played Moods before? Have you adapted other adult games? Tell me about it!
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