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DIY Letter Blocks Word Game
 
 

Click to print the five sheets, each featuring a cube with letters on each side: a b c d e f, g h i j k l, m n o p q r, s t u v w x, y z r t s n. The letters are each underlined, to prevent ambiguity.

Click here to print the word list sheet.

 

This is a fun and versatile DIY educational file folder game. The goal is to see how many words kids can come up with within a certain amount of time (we recommend ten minutes).

Option 1: Students roll their cubes to come up with words. With younger kids, ask them to come up with a word that starts with the letter they've rolled, or that contains the letter they've rolled, and write it on the sheet. With older kids, requirements might be more specific: words with at least six letters, words that end in -ing, place names, etc. You might also give kids two or more different cubes, and ask them to roll all of them at once, and come up with words containing all of the letters that they have rolled.

Option 2: This option fosters small-group teamwork, while still giving students the excitement of competition. Students work in small groups or pairs, with one word list per small group. Students within each small group take turns rolling the cube. When a student can think up a word, it is added to the group's word list. Within the small group, students want one another to come up with words, because the team with the most words wins.

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