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Anagram Family Time

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!


In this Friday Fun activity, arrange students into teams of four. Present all students with the same four anagrams to unscramble. Each set of four anagrams relates to a specific topic. Once a team unscrambles the anagrams, they have to think about the connection between the four words.

For example, you might present students with this anagram puzzle...

The correct unscrambles are PILOT, ARTIST, DENTIST, and GARDENER. The connection is that all four of the terms represent jobs that people hold.

Award 5 points to the team that got the correct answer first, 4 points to the team that got is second, and so on. Then provide another anagram set for students to work together to solve.

Click the link below for some suggestions for adapting this game to your grade level and for a list of 36 anagram puzzles you can present to your students.


Anagram Family Time
Education World (March 12, 2004)

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Article by Gary Hopkins
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