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Scrabble® Spell-Off

Students worked hard all week? Do they deserve a special reward for a job well done? This activity will offer students a nice break from structured learning. Adapt it to fit your needs. Have some Friday Fun!


For this puzzling activity, provide students with seven Scrabble letter tiles and give them a set amount of time to create words using just those letters.

You can use the online Scrabble Word Builder Tool (located at the bottom of the page) to produce a list of words that can be made from any seven letters.

A Sample Puzzle

For this sample game, provide students with the seven letters listed below.


Note: For younger students, you might start with easier combinations of letters. Also, all tiles do not need to be different letters; you might provide two tiles of a single letter.

Post the letters on a board or chart for all to see. If you type those letters into the Word Builder screen of the Scrabble Word Builder Tool, the tool returns a list of 59 words that can be spelled using some or all of those letters. Among the words are ail, alp, ciao, clap, coal, coil, cola, lap, lip, oil, opal, oval, pail, viola, vocal, and voila.

Click the link below for ways to adapt this activity for your grade level, tips for scoring, and ways to incorporate math into the game.


Seven-Letter Scrabble® Spell-Off

Find links to more Friday Fun activity ideas in our Friday Fun archive.

Find more great learning games in our Learning Game Archive.

Article by Gary Hopkins
Education World®
Copyright © 2009 Education World

Originally published 07/21/2006
Last updated 02/11/2009