Language Arts with Mad Libs

January 2nd, 2008 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Happy New Year! I thought it would be fun to start the New Year with fun Language Arts games, and nothing says fun better than Mad Libs! Mad Libs are stories with missing words. Through an engaging process that teaches parts of speech, the players fill-in-the-blanks in the story to create some silly and entertaining tales. Mad Libs come in numerous themes from the more academic history and science topics, to the slightly frivolous summer camp and pop culture titles. You can purchase Mad Libs (for about $4) at most bookstores. You will also find free online versions at these websites…

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Age Range: 6-12 (and loads of fun for all ages)

History of Mad Libs

The Publisher of Mad Libs is the Penguin Group. Their website offers the funny story of how Mad Libs were invented. It also purports to offer some free trial games, but it wasn’t working properly when I tried it. Never fear, Penguin Group has collaborated with Fun Brain to bring you online interactive Mad Libs, Junior (for grades 1-3).

Teacher’s Guide to Mad Libs for Grades 1-6

The Teacher Vision website offers suggestions and activities for how teachers in grades 1-3 and 4-6 can use Mad Libs to help students learn regular and irregular nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, reading
comprehension and vocabulary, punctuation, and more. They also offer lesson ideas on how to write your own Mad Libs. The BEST PART is this site offers free, real, online Mad Libs games for grades 1-3 and 4-6.

It’s A Mad Libs World

This site offers over 100 free, online Mad Libs games. When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message and a Mad Libs game below it. Just fill in
the blanks with parts of speech, click “submit,” and a new page opens with a story using the words you provided. Note: If you’re not sure what an “adjective” is, just put your cursor over the word “adjective” and a
definition appears. The same is true for other parts of speech as well.

This site is a little quirky — sometimes the directions appear on the page, other times not. Also, when you click “submit” and the new story appears –
sometimes you’ll see instructions to “click here” to play a new game, and other times not. If you have trouble, just click on “submit” whether you
have filled out a page or not. A new page opens with a note that you didn’t complete the form — but that page contains a brand new game! Like I said, it’s a bit quirky.

This site also offers a monthly contest — you can submit your own puzzles and ideas for Mad Lib games and win $25. The contest for February hasn’t opened yet, but you can subscribe (free) to their Yahoo Groups list to be
notified of the contests each month.

Don’t forget to print out your Mad Lib stories to read offline — and entertain your friends!

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