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|I bought this Boogle game at a yard sale...|
|Boggle = awesomeness|
- Explain how the letters must be connected. I show them a "practice" round of Boggle, like the picture above. (Point out the "difficult letters," like H and E - which could be mistaken for I and M, respectively.) You can make HOG. You can't make FROG, because the F is not connected to the other letters. You can also spell WATER (use the W in the bottom left corner to begin). Letters should be "connected" either up-down, side-side, or diagonally.
- Pass out dry erase boards and markers. ***Explain that they may not cover their work.*** We are doing this to work on words, not to win a ton of points, so we will not be keeping score.
- Each student writes down the words they find on their whiteboard. They do not talk to others while they look for words - we will have time to share our words after time is up. They can write down words you see on a neighbor's board IF 1) you can find it on the Boggle board and 2) your partner spelled the word correctly. (Right now, many of you are indignantly asking if I allow them to cheat... trust me. It's a crutch many of them will not need for very long!)
- You participate, also. Grab a whiteboard and look for words. Make sure not to cover your board, either. (They love this part!) See my example board below...
- After a couple of minutes, or a student begins to get antsy, say, "Time is up. Caps on markers. Markers down." Go around the group and allow each student to tell a word they found. Have them point at the letters so the group can see the word. Be sure to share one word you found, too. Then erase and play again or move on to something else. Total time spent = 5 minutes.
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- Explain that each word must connect to an existing word. For example: if "hat" is on the board, you can build using the H, the A, or the T, or you can add on to the word and turn "hat" into "that," "hats," or "hate."
- Because they are playing this to work on words, not their addition skills, I have them ignore the numbers and keep score by the length of the word they made. Using the example from above, player 1 would get 3 points for the word "hat" since it has 3 letters. If player 2 turned "hat" into "hated" their score would be 5 because hated has 5 letters. This is just for the sake of simplicity, since we are only spending 5 minutes playing this game, and I don't want to spend the 5 minutes teaching about triple word scores, etc. We move on...
- Students keep track of their score on their white board. When time is called (ie - about 5 minutes or until someone gets antsy!) the person with the largest score is the winner. We clean up, and we move on to something else.
|Magic e long vowel word family game|
|Short and long vowels word family games bundle|
Next Wednesday - Easy and cheap manipulatives and resources for Working With Words! See you then! :) Questions, comments, or issues you want me to cover, let me know! Thanks!!