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: “I” and “red” are both valid, but “rider” is not since there’s only one ‘r’ in “soldier.”
This would lead to some kids staying inside during recess, working together, and going into a frenzy, because every time they’d ask me to check their list, I’d have to say. “Sorry, there are still a lot more.”
I learned to put some goalposts so they wouldn’t come to me with like 5 words. Bronze medal for 20 words. Silver for 35; Gold for 60. Platinum Emerald 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!