A Words with Friends style game board to use in the classroom. Download includes a color version and a black and white version.
Game rules idea:
Print the Game Board and laminate.
Tip: My local print and copy center printed the black and white game board onto engineering blueprint paper. This is the cheaper option, as they will print up to 36 inches by 48 inches on blueprint paper for relatively cheap.
If you want to spend the big bucks, you can print it in color on regular poster paper.
After printing, I ran the game board through a laminating machine. Depending on the size of the laminating machine, you may need to cut the board down the middle before laminating, and then affix it back together.
How to play:
1) Choose a letter of the day. (I draw a letter from a bag of letter tiles. I removed the X and Z from the tile bag.)
2) At the end of each class period, select one student to come up with a word from our reading text that day that begins with the letter of the day. The goal is for the student to either pick a word directly from our text that day or an academic word that is appropriate for what our class activity was on that day. I use Popsicle sticks with students' names on them to select a different student each day. That student has 2 minutes to come up with the word and he/she may confer with the others in his/her table group.
3) The student writes the word in Expo marker on the board.
4) Repeat for each class period you have. Have the different classes use different color Expo markers. Words added must connect to an existing word on the board. (Same idea as playing Scrabble or Words with Friends.)
5) At the end of each week, total up the number of points earned for each class that week. Keep track of which class "wins" each week. (I take a picture of the board and tally the points over the weekend.)
6) On Monday morning I give a Starburst to each student in the winning class. We wipe the board clean and start over.
If you print the black and white board, use colored pencils to color in the bonus boxes. Also, add your name to the line in the Game Board title:
e.g. "Words with Mrs. Soesbee's Friends"
Leave 2-4 minutes at the end of class for the activity.
I taped my laminated game board to a large piece of cardboard before hanging on my wall.