I was just brainstorming and this is what I came up with. Use the library pockets to make the grid. Write or type, print and past; the letters on the top part of an index card so that it shows when placed into the pocket. Then you could set it up for the week with the letters where you wanted them (could be specifically set up so that they would find some of their spelling or vocabulary words).
I had actually been looking into this idea (the BOGGLE idea) a few weeks ago. I found a couple of sites that gave me some ideas.
Found this: Boggle Board - Shelli Temple
A take off on the old game, Boggle, this would be a good board for vocabulary enrichment, extra credit, or a morning activity. On the board, create a grid of your choice, typically a 4x4 or 5x5. In each square, attach a smaller square with a letter printed on it. Encourage kids to find as many words as possible by moving from one letter to another that it touches. A square may only be used once per word. Change out the letter squares often to keep this board exciting.
I really like your idea of doing it on a presentation board for mobility! I would probably make the letter "dice" and get velcro dots or strips to put on the back of the "dice" and on the board, and then you can have the assorted letters to use, keeping the extras in a baggie or something.
Attached are 11 different letter arrangements for Boggle:
In a traditional Boggle game there are 16 dice and the letter distribution is as follows:
A - 8 H - 3 O - 6 V - 2
B - 3 I - 7 P - 3 W - 2
C - 3 J - 1 Q - 1 X - 1
D - 4 K - 2 R - 4 Y - 3
E - 10 L - 5 S - 5 Z - 1
F - 2 M - 3 T - 5
G - 3 N - 5 U - 4
Total Letters: 96
There is also an online variation called Loggle where you just click the letters to make the words and the computer compiles the word list.
Last edited by AussieBird; 07-22-2008 at 07:40 AM..
I would think the letter arrangement could be, basically, random. When you play the game, you shake the dice and have no control over which one goes into which spot -- that's pretty random.
I'm excited to try this game in my classroom -- I have a "regular" game version for the kids to use, but doing a class game from a bulletin board will be a lot of fun, too. My plan is to make squares with letters, put them into a bag, and draw them out randomly. As long as they're in a grid pattern on the board, the game should work.