Here’s one of my favorite, super-simple tasks that some students just fell in love with.
I’d give students one word (let’s go with “soldier”) and ask:
How many words can you make using just the letters in this word?
Then I’d share some examples and non-examples: “I” and “red” are both valid, but “rider” is not since there’s only one ‘r’ in “soldier.”
This simple task lead to some students opting to stay inside during recess and working together to find more words. Then, every time they’d ask me to check their list, I’d have to say. “Sorry, there are still a lot more.” And the would go into a frenzy, diving back into their lists and dictionaries.
I learned to put some goalposts on the board so they wouldn’t come to me with only 5 words. Perhaps: Bronze medal for 20 words. Silver for 35. Gold for 60. Platinum Emerald Diamond for the group who finds the most.
Eventually, I’d drop the bomb: friends, there are nearly 100 words you can make with the letters in “soldier”! Hard to believe, right?
I wrote a little tool to find all of the appropriate words within words and gathered them together into a list which is now yours!