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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wild About Words

So yesterday, I was at Target....LOVE ME SOME dollar bins, don't you?  I mean I'm a teacher on a budget...and y'all know my new motto is cheap fast and easy, right? ;)

So....I found these: 

and I was thinking of one of my son's favorite games. 
He just had to have this game for Christmas too.....
Yep, it's Scrabble Scoop.  

Now believe me this is an AWESOME game, but when things get lost, or misplaced at home, they generally turn up.  At school.....Lord only knows where things wind up.  So I took the idea, and created something for my first graders.

I knew what I wanted to do the minute I picked these up at Target.  Letters on the other hand I wasn't sure about.  I saw these
but they were $10-$11 a piece.  I thought I'd hold out....even make some with cardstock and laminate.
Okay, tried that....it works, but not the greatest.  I used the ones in my son's Scrabble Scoop game and they were perfect, foam worked okay too.  I knew I needed something heavier, so  sent hubby to my school to see if he could find my letter tiles.  No luck, instead he told me, "Do you know you have A LOT of stuff?"  What can I say?  I'm a teacher hoarder.  So since he couldn't find them, I thought I'd do some more shopping...just in case I can't find them either ;)

I found these on Amazon:

So cute. So colorful...so perfect! ;) (Yeah I know...about the same price too, but they are all lowercase letters, AND they are so colorful!) ;)

**EDITED to say, do not purchase the cute colorful tiles that I posted...they are NOT cute colorful tiles.  They are black/white tiles.  SOOO disappointed, but I have learned a lesson in ALWAYS reading the fine print!!!

 Okay, now I can tell ya about the game!
 With Scrabble Scoop, you read the word you're creating, and then spell it over top of the letters provided. I wanted my students to spell simple words using their letter sounds so I used CvC pictures for the game boards.  

The object is to be the first one to spell the word on your card to win the round.
My son likes this idea, hopefully my other first graders will too.
You can get your freebie by clicking on the picture below.

 In other news, you know that teacher's toolkit I was making?  The one I said was just perfect the way it was....the one that looks JUST LIKE THIS?
Guess what????

Notice one is labeled CHOCOLATE--it's a necessity!  Whatcha think?

Thank you to Mrs. Rojas blog for this great idea!!  See original post here!


  1. Thanks for the fun game!

  2. Love your game! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful freebie! My class will LOVE it next year! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  3. The game idea sounds great!!! The colorful letters are worth it ;)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  4. Neat idea...thanks for the great share.
    Was just at Target...now this gives me a reason to head back tomorrow :)
    Swamp Frog First Graders

  5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!! Thanks soooo much for sharing!!!

  6. Chocolate how funny! I love those letter tiles! Thanks for the info about where you got them!

  7. ahhhh sooo cute... i cant believe with all the chit chat we do.. that i didnt follow you =) now i have to blog stalk you lol

    Just Wild About Teaching

  8. Thanks for the game! Hopefully it will work with the foam letters I found at Dollar Tree today. Now I just need to get the scoops.

  9. Neat game, thanks for sharing.

  10. The game is fabulous! Thanks for the freebie!

    Every teacher needs her own chocolate drawer!

    First Grade Magic

  11. Thanks for making words...love it!

  12. Loooove that game! Just pinned it! Thx!


  13. If you have a Joann Fabric nearby you can use their 40 or 50% off coupons on those letter tiles. Think they even accept competitors coupons so you can print off the 40% hobby lobby coupon and use it!

  14. Where did you find the supply containers? I keep looking but I haven’t found one with the large & small drawers. Thanks!!

  15. DeAnne, I was telling one of my teacher friends about the Wild About Words activity and I'm wondering what is the best way to direct her to your blog so she can use it too? Should she just go to TpT and find you that way? Love your blog btw. And yes, Pinterest and blog stalking have me going crazy! There are so many great ideas out there. It's hard to know where to begin. I've been teaching 20 years but LOVE all of the awesome ideas out there. It has improved my teaching I think. But it has also shrunk my wallet!

    1. I think TpT would be the easiest...unless she wants to follow me here! :)

  16. Where did you find that drawer container?

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