I use this activity every other week in my EFL classes because it gets them thinking about what words they already know in English. Here's how we used it last week:
1. I adapted this sheet below to say 'happy valentines day' on the bottom. You can't see my lines very well because I copied it too lightly... :(
Tip: Draw a straight line in the bottom of your boxes if you have kiddos who will mix up P's with D's and U's with N's. They'll know which way the letters are supposed to face.
2. I made enough copies for my kiddos.
4. When I handed it out they got right to work and it took them about 25 minutes to get 20 words.
There are tons of ways to adapt this activity. It can be done as whole group, small group, partner work, centers (after they've done it once before), etc. You can make paper letter tiles each time or use some you already have. I used little plastic letter tiles when I had this as a cernter. You can choose any word (6 or more letters works best) and it's easy to make it relate to your current unit of study. Studying animals? Use the word animal! You can even use a phrase... "we love animals." More words that way!
I even use it with my high school EFL students. It's great for any English language learner... gets them thinking about all the English words they already know. I put a minimum letter count so they avoid writing down a ton of short easy words.
Sites to generate lists of words that can be made from a specific word:
ScrabbleFinder.com (up to 12 letters)
WordSolver.net (up to 15 letters)
Wordplays (up to 16 letters)
Wordles (up to 30 letters)
I posted all of the adaptable sheets I use on TPT fo $2. You'll get a zip file with...
14 recording sheets (similar to the one above, but different styles for various needs
5 different word/letter strips to adapt before copying
1 workmat for the kids (I laminated a few to use when I do this as a center)
Here's a FREE download so you can check one of the sheets out. This one has adaptable boxes at the bottom. Just write your letters, copy for students, and they will just cut the strip off the bottom. :)
Happy weekend everyone!