Vocabulary Final Four Championships in 7th/8th Grades

7th and 8th grade English teacher Carolyn Warhaftig livened up vocabulary study this spring by running a March Madness kind of vocab competition. Students in all classes volunteered to enter the tournament (about 10 students per class in both 7th and 8th grades entered). The game they played is similar to "Heads Up" - a  vocabulary word from the class list is shown and one partner on a team has to define it and get the other partner to guess it. The most correct words in a minute wins. Teams played about 3 rounds to get to the Final Four, with the championship rounds held on April 1. Assistance from class timekeepers (Sydni, Cullen, Destiny, Kendal A), scorekeepers (Marley, Orro, Taylor, Lola), and facilitators (Riley, Rose, Eli M, Joseph) kept the championship round moving smoothly. The Final Four pairings were as follows:

Grade 7 Final Four:
Mya + Scott vs. Sophie A + Avery
Fia + Ty vs. Griffin + Jack
Grade 8 Final Four:
Izzy + Max vs. Maggie + Chloe
Kendall + Murray vs. Linwood + Gabe

After a lively couple of rounds, the champion teams for each grade were declared - 7th grade champs were Sophie A. and Avery; 8th grade champs were Maggie and Chloe. Congratulations, word wizards!