seriously. love. this.
why? because it is flexible, educational, and quite fun (if I do say so myself).
oh, and the set up is easy.
= a great [extra] time saver!
1. Think of a topical word pertinent to season, holiday, class content
2. make sure above word does not have a lot of repeat letters
(Instead of using Steelers, use Superbowl)
3. Write that word, leaving spaces between each letter at the top of what will become your grid:
Since it’s almost the holiday of love, I’ll use HEART as my word
or, if teaching in an intermediate setting, VALENTINE would be great!
4. On the left side, vertically write your categories: noun, verb, adjective, pronoun, flower, food, sports team, city/country, color, historical figure, etc.
You can choose as many or as few categories as you want — based on time & grade level!
it should look like this:
you can also add grid lines to help separate spaces
5. Now, how you play this “game” is up to you. Usually, I call on students one by one to come up and fill in a square with a word. I usually do not give points or make it a race, just a fun brain stretching activity.
6. As always, it is incredibly important that you go over the guidelines: only school appropriate words, good behavior is rewarded with a turn, poor behavior is not, etc.
7. Once students get the hang of it, they can even make their own for a partner (graph paper aids this activity immensely!)
Woo hoo! And there you have it — a quick game that supports Language Arts skills, creative thinking, writing, & spelling.
enjoy creating these categories,