This is fun to play as a class. The rules are extremely simple, but it can really bring out the competitiveness in your students. The object of the game is to spell as many words as possible using the letters in the word WINTER. If you play as a class, set a time limit for game play. Teams will work together to create as many words as they can using the letters in WINTER. Each word is worth one point. If another team has the same word, both words are eliminated and neither team earns a point. You can have students use their personal whiteboards or the DIY version shown below. If going the DIY route, make sure to provide students with a piece of heavy-weight white card stock to insert into their page protector. The card stock is much sturdier and will hold up longer than the printer paper. If you are in the market for a class set of white boards, I like these because they can also be used as clipboards for carpet work or station activities. Teacher Hack: Use youth black ankle/”no show” socks as white board erasers. They work perfectly and you can get away with washing them every couple weeks or longer, depending on frequency of use.
Winter A to Z
If you loved the game Scattergories, you will love Winter A to Z! In order to play, students think of as many words related to winter that start with each letter of the alphabet. Letters have different point values, and points are earned for each word. Like Winter Wordsmith described above, if students/teams have the same word, both words are eliminated and neither team gets the points for that letter. When students are finished thinking of words for as many letters as possible, crosscheck the words and add up points to get the total score. You can list the point values for each letter on the board or project them with your document camera for students to copy on their own paper, leaving space to add words when game play begins. If you want a preprinted version of the game, you can download it here from Literacy in Focus on TpT.
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Four Winter Vocabulary Activities from Literacy in Focus on TpT