Word Family Warm-Up Game

This game I'm about to show is a classroom favorite, but it came about from faculty room discards!  I was re-organizing my games and activities mid-year and just put it together one day.

1. Each student gets 4 or 5 letter dice, depending on how many students are playing.  Then I pick an ending from the deck. 
Excuse the glasses...sometimes we get goofy.
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!


  1. I really like this. It's like boggle with word families! (and I LOVE boggle) This is a great idea. I definitely will need to pull together something like this over the summer. Roll and Read? Build and Blend? That's all I've got!

    Eclectic Educating

  2. This is a great activity! I'm going to try to use this in word study soon!
    I wish I could come up with a creative name....I keep trying something with dice, but the best I came up with was Word Spice and Dice. LOL!

  3. What a great way to make words. I have drawn a complete blank for creativity BUT here is my best shot for now...Battle of the Words!

  4. Wow awesome idea... We have those materials too so that would be easy to set up!! Thanks for sharing girl. =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  5. What a fun game! I like that they are reading them out loud and then using them in context in a sentence.
    Conversations in Literacy


Thanks for the comment! I really appreciate it.

Powered by Blogger.
Back to Top