Spring Break always seems to go by so quickly! I sit here in a mini-depression that my free time is over and back to work I go. But don’t get me wrong, I love teaching! So now I’m trying to thing of a way to motivate them, and myself, back into learning. I decided to start with a game. A coworker was talking about playing a game called “Babble” with her daughter. Here is how I adapted it for the classroom.

Materials:

– Scrabble tiles (or make your own by searching “Scrabble tiles” on Google images, copy, print on card stock, cut out)

– Babble On Board

Download Babble Board

Goal:

To complete your board using your tiles to make a 2-letter word, a 3-letter word and a 4-letter word.

Setup:

1. Each player gets 10 tiles and a board. It is your choice if you want to let them use notes or a dictionary. I let mine use their 100 Words lists. To make it harder, only give them 9 tiles.

Babble board

2. I set a timer for 2 minutes. You can adjust this as needed.

3. They start forming words with what they have.

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4. At the end of time, they count how many points they used on the board. This board earned 11 points.

5. They exchange their tiles and play again.

Note: It is not always possible to use every tile every time. This is where some strategy comes into play. I used the “H” instead of the “C” because it was worth more points.20130325-105618 a.m..jpgThis could also be used as a station or small group activity. They enjoyed it, especially when they were able to beat me.

Good Luck to all as we finish our year strong!