Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Catholic Balderdash Game
This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.
*All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on this game are not my own and are from various internet sources.
Catholic Balderdash is based on the game Balderdash.
Catholic Balderdash is a great way to introduce new Catholic vocabulary words for your next lesson. Have prizes or Bible Bucks for first, second, and third place. If you have more than 10 students, have students break into small groups.
• Dry erase board or chalk board
• Catholic vocabulary words with definitions
• Small pieces of paper of the same size to write definitions on
• Pencil for each player (or team)
Preparation For Play:
Each person (or team) receives small pieces of paper to write definitions on.
How To Play:
1. The teacher is the Dasher. The Dasher starts the game by reading the word aloud and then writes it on the board.
2. The players write the word on their piece of paper. Each player (or team) then invents a definition of this word that they think will bluff the other players, and writes is down on their piece of paper. The player (or team) writes their name on the paper and hands it in.
3. While the players (or team) are creating their definitions, the Dasher copies the correct definition on a small piece of paper.
4. The Dasher then looks at all the definitions, makes sure they are presented clearly, arranges them, including the real one, in random order and reveals aloud each definition. (HINT: Do not reveal the true meaning by the manner you read the definitions).
5. The Dasher reads aloud all the definitions a second time. In extreme cases, a third reading may be necessary.
6. Moving clockwise from the Dasher, each player (or team) guesses which definition they think is correct. The Dasher writes their guess on the board by their name (or team).
7. After every player (or team) has guessed, the Dasher reveals the true meaning.
• 1 point is given to each player (or team) for every vote or guess their phony definition receives.
• 2 points are awarded to each player (or team) who chooses the correct definition of the word.
• 3 points are awarded to each player (or team) who submits a definition which is similar or very close to the correct meaning.
8. Keep playing in the time allotted. Tally up the score and give out prizes.