As you know, teaching vocabulary is near and and dear to my heart. And I love to do it in a playful way whenever possible. I’m always trying to figure out a fun way to engage my students in word play, and Wander Words is the newest craze in my classroom.
Wander Words is pretty simple. The word “wanders” around, and students have to decode it. The word can start anywhere, and can travel horizontally or vertically in any direction. Each word comes with a sentence to give context. For example:
Everyone knows that Ms. Cotton’s favorite cookie is a _________.
Students would connect the letters to spell Snickerdoodle.
I’ve been using these cards in my classroom to help students step up their writing by using more scholarly transitions, and they are having a blast!
This is a really fun activity that exposes students to lots of Tier 2 words. I’ve created sets of task cards, with and without QR codes, that give students practice with lots of great scholarly words. My March 2020 freebie is a great set of these cards to practice scholarly transitions for writing. Be sure to download them today!
You can get other Wander Words Task Cards in my TPT store. Click to go straight there!