1. Each student gets 4 or 5 letter dice, depending on how many students are playing. Then I pick an ending from the deck.
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2. Students (and teachers who like to play games) can only use one side of their letter dice to make a word. You can't have two of the same words. The cool part about this is if you get stuck on a letter you already had, you can go back to a dice you already used and try and change it- I love teaching strategy!
3. After students have written their word lists, they tally their scores and compare to the group. We have a running competition in my class!
4. I have the students choose 2 words to write sentences for at the bottom of their papers, then we share them out loud.
5. This is a great ELL game because they are constantly saying the words out loud to see if they make sense, and I have a rule that they can't ask me until they try to use it in a sentence. It's great for pronunciation practice, spelling, and handwriting practice.
So here's my challenge: Word Family Warm-Up Game is not exactly a student friendly name. Can you think of a better one?
**Update** My students liked Michelle's Battle of the Words the best! Congrats Michelle!