by Laura Randazzo
7th - 10th Grade
Know that awkward moment when you’ve finish a lecture early, all questions have been answered, and there’s still – yikes! – 10 minutes left in the period? Or do you have one of those classes that seems to finish everything about 15 minutes earlier than all of your other sections?
The solution is to keep ‘em busy until the end of the hour with fun and meaningful activities. This handy “Word ADDiction” print-and-teach worksheet was built to help fill all available class time. The handout can be used as an in-class or homework assignment, substitute teacher materials, or game/contest sheet. A completed example is also included for teacher and student reference.
As a game, place students in teams of two or three and give one sheet to each team. Then, announce the number you have chosen (I just pick a number between 50 and 100, but you could use a random number generator app to build more game show-style drama) and the amount of time (anywhere from 5 to 12 minutes) you’re giving teams to work on their answers. You could announce that the team with the highest number of words will win the sole prize or, even better, announce that any team finding more than, say, six words that meet the target number will win an extra credit point/a piece of candy/homework pass/whatever.
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