Tuesday, April 3, 2012

It Boggles the Mind!

While searching for new ideas for my class this last summer I learned all about Pinterest. What a joy and a curse! There are so many things I can say about Pinterest but I won't do that now.

What I do want to talk about is Boggle for the classroom. I found a teacher that created a interchangeable Boggle board so I recreated it for my own room. I used my handy-dandy Cricut machine to cut out the letters and simple string to create the board. I stapled the string to the board after measuring it out and then used push pins to attach the letters in a random order.  I cut out all the vowels in red so they would stand out and then I make sure to place them first.

Sometimes I use a couple vocabulary words for the week and set them up hoping the kiddos will find them. We try to change the board each week and it is mostly used as a fast-finisher. I give out awards (free homework pass, sit by a friend, etc) for the most words found (over three letters) and the longest word.  Sometimes I change it up (ex. most five-letter words) to keep them on their toes. Regular boggle rules apply and we do a few round with the real game to learn the rules.

This is pretty easy to manage with minimal effort and students can use their own paper or the handout I created.

I'm not sure how to upload the handout to share with all of you so if anyone out there can help me that would be great!

1 comment:

Kim said...

Hi Des!

I like how you made this activity so do-able!
I had been putting off making a Boggle board... Now I think I may be accomplish it after all!
Thanks for the motivation and encouragement...

Finding JOY in 6th Grade