Scrabble™ and its social networking cousin, Words with Friends™, are jumping off the computer screen and finding their niche in the classroom. In my classroom, my students love to play SCRATTLE (SCRAbble + baTTLE).
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. By doing so, I'm ensuring that my students are trying their hardest and I'm getting double duty out of this center.
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 individually.
- Once their recording sheets are filled, the students calculate the values 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.
This activity is CCSS aligned. You can download it on Google Docs.