Try a fun activity that will incorporate Language Arts and technology while students participate in a cooperative project.
At the end of the year my students felt they deserved a reward for working hard all year. They wanted to play. Because I also felt that they had earned a reward I decided to let them play Scrabble. However, they had to play Scrabble with a twist, as follows.
Scrabble with a Twist
- Each player picks 9 letters
- There is a four-letter minimum for each word
- Dictionaries are permitted
- Students may help each other when necessary.
The students filled their boards and then were amazed at the complexity of what they had generated. Someone got an inspiration and suggested that each group turn its board into a cross word puzzle! Student took on tasks in order to accomplish this.
- Take a digital photograph of your game board. Print the photo and make four copies.
- Two students will handle clues and number the words going down while two students do the same for words going across. Clues must be a variety of analogies, synonyms, antonyms, definitions, parts of speech, homophones, fill in the blanks, etcâ€¦
- Type and print out the clues. The group will review and revise them as necessary.
- Create a table in Microsoft Word outlining the crossword puzzle. Create one blank table and another with answers. Note: to blacken-in an individual cell go to Table — Table Properties and click on the â€œtableâ€ tab. Click on â€œBorders and Shadingâ€ and select black or gray. Be sure to select â€œApply to cell,â€ otherwise the entire table will be black or gray. Youâ€™ll have to do this for each cell that is to be â€˜a blank.â€™
Click Here for WORD .doc file: Scrabble Game and Answers
Students were so proud of their work that they decided to print several copies and sell them at graduation as a class fundraiser!
Email: Mariana Monge