Word Builder

Word builder is a game where students make words using a set of nine letters in a short amount of time. It builds vocabulary and recall skills. Below is an example of what it should look like.

N

U

T

D

A

C

O

E

I

 

Rules

1.  Every word must use the center letter plus at least one of the letters around it. In our example above, our center letter is A, so all words must contain A. Additional letters we can use include N, U, T, D, C, O, E and I.

Right: at, tan, tea
Wrong: nut (no A), late (L is not a letter in our word list)

2.  The letter set’s center letter can be anywhere in your word: At, tan, tea

3.  No letter can be used more than once unless your letter set contains more than one of that letter. The example letter set above has no duplicate letters, but this one does:

R

L

T

E

A

A

W

L

F

4.  No abbreviations.

5.  No names.

6.  Ensure your word list allows at least one word that uses all 9 letters. In our first example, the word is education. In number 3’s example, it’s waterfall.

 

Tips

  • Put students in pairs or groups.
  • Give a strict time limit (tell them how much time they have!)
  • Ensure students have paper and a pen/pencil to record their answers.
  • Give suggestions to teams having troubles. You can draw clues on the board, mention synonyms or antonyms, or say words that rhyme with answers.
  • When the time is up, find out which team had the most words. Reward the winning team with class applause, a high-five, chocolate, or whatever you’d like to do.
  • Go over words that the class found and explain words they don’t know or could have used.
  • Using words that have E’s or A’s will make it easier for them to form new words.
  • Try putting different letters in the middle box. Each word has a different letter that makes word combinations easier, and it’s not always a vowel!

 

Sample Words

Any 9 letter word will do, preferably one that relates to the lesson, but here are some suggestions:

beautiful discovery skeptical
universal exhausted insurance
scholarly wonderful disgusted
showering miserable breakfast
royalties coastline creations