Wee Words is a game that I use in my class whenever I have those extra five minutes, either at the end of the day, between activities, waiting for an assembly, or just as a brain-break for the students. While it is an English language game by nature, perfect for ELA and advanced ELL classes, this game can be used for a fun transition in any subject. In particular, substitute teachers (aka TTOCs or supply teachers) will find this an invaluable resource to have in their bag of tricks when walking into the unknown.
Students are presented with seven clues and a series of letters which make up the answers to all seven clues. It is a great way for students to practice their spelling, lateral thinking, and learning through play.
I write the letter clues up on the whiteboard and students play as a class, guessing the words from the clues I give to them. However, it works equally well to project the game on an overhead or photocopy each game as a handout for students to do individually (simply cover/cut off the last two inches of each sheet, which contain the answers, before handing it out to students).
Contained here are fourteen pages:
- One page of instructions (for teacher)
- Thirteen pages/games (2 Easy, 6 Moderate, 5 Difficult)
I have entered the Teaching Duration at one hour; however, please note that this activity is meant to be delivered in five-minute chunks, not all at once. The first time the class plays the game, it will take more time as students familiarize themselves with the procedure, rules, and format.
I hope your students find it as much fun as mine do. I really enjoy watching them work out the answers.