Word Scramble: Fun Learning Game
When I was in school I remember always playing word scramble games. We would play them in our spare time or sometiems they were a part of our lessons. They were also games that friends would play at parties. Word scramble games were a huge part of my childhood. I don’t see them around much anymore but I still enjoy them and my sons and I play when we get the chance. I plan to use word scramble in my classroom because I believe it promotes critical thinking skills along with spelling and reading skills. Kids learn to think outside the box to discover the words within the words.
A word scramble for those who don’t know, is taking one word or phrase and coming up with as many words as possible from that word or phrase. It is much like the game Boggle except the blocks do not make a word or phrase in boggle. One example of a word scramble is to use the word Disneyland. Then you find as many words as possible using the word Disneyland. One word is land and another is and.
In my class Word Scramble will be played daily at the beginning of class as a way to get the kids warmed up for the day. I will pick a word, words, or phrase for them to use that relates to the unit we are studying. The Scramble will be written on the board when they enter the classroom and they will have five minutes after the bell rings to find all of the words they can come up with. After time is up each student will pass their paper to their classmate to the right. We will go over all of the possible words and any that the students come up with that I miss. Then the papers will be scored. The winners will earn points to help their class team.
At the end of each week we will play an extra scramble game at the end of class and the team with the most points will choose the word or words used in the scramble. Students will know that it is possible for them to choose the word at the end of the week so they are to think of what they would like to use if it is their turn.
I hope that the students will find word scramble a fun way to begin their day. It is my intent to promote a love of words and learning. They will learn new words as they play the game and learn ways to create words from existing words. This entire process is enjoyable and enriching.
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About Kim Miller
I am a single mom of two sons, 15 and 18 years old. I also have an 8 month old grandson. I recently earned my BA in Elementary Education and am working toward an MA in Elementary Education. I love working with children and watching them learn.