It's about time for Valentine's Day!
Because I want you for my valentine, I have a literacy center freebie for you. I call it SCRATTLE; SCRAbble + baTTLE.
Scrabble™ and its social networking cousin, Words with Friends™, are jumping off the computer screen and finding their niche in the classroom. It's always great fun to take a set of letters and challenge your class to make as many words with them as they can. In Scrattle, I'm upping the ante by adding a math component and competition.
Here's how it works:
- Give your students the letter set for this edition of Scrattle.
- Students cut out the letters.
- Students find a partner to battle.
- Armed with a recording sheet, the partners record the words they can devise.
- Once their recording sheet is filled, the students calculate the value of their words by adding the numbers on their letter pieces.
- Alternatively, older students calculate the value by multiplying the numbers.
- To differentiate for G/T and enrichment students, a combination of operations is available. (It is possible that this version will create negative numbers.)
- After their calculations are completed, the partners compare their numbers, filling in their opponent's scores on the recording sheet.
- Students then add >, <, or = to the scores box.
- The student with the most > scores is the winner.
Here's an example:
This center comes with letter sets in color, as well as black and white. Also included are 3 recording sheets, allowing for differentiation.