Game: Jotto

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Who can guess the other person's codeword first? This game practices inducting thinking and encourages the development of a strategy.

Objective

Students will guess each other's secret codewords through careful guessing.

Related to Bulls and Cows, but this version uses words rather than numbers.

  1. Students each pick a code word (must be from the dictionary and no proper nouns). Five-letters is the default, but you could use four for an easier version.
  2. Then, student A guesses a five-letter word.
  3. Student B says how many letters were correct (regardless of their position or order).
  4. Then Student B guesses and learns how many letters they got right.
  5. They go back and forth, using new information to get them closer and closer to the right word.
  6. The first person to guess the other's code word wins.

This game practices inducting thinking and encourages the development of a strategy.

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