Keeping students motivated during distance learning is a real challenge. Learning games are a great way to keep students enthused in addition to providing brain breaks from the routine. Download a free sample of Word Find, a free online Boggle game. This Google Slide activity is set up for distance learning using both individual and shared slides.
The bonus game is simplified. The full set contains 21 games set up in rounds. The game is set up for 4 players; however, it can easily be played with 2 or 3 players. The object of the game is to spot more unique words than your friends. This video provides great instructions for playing.
Play Set Up
- Make a copy of the Google Slides before play. When prompted, request the full Google Slides presentation. Play the game using the copy to keep your original blank for a repeated game if desired.
- One player will be provided a second Google Slide presentation that contains a timer, charts for scoring, and answer keys. [For this bonus set the answer key and group board are included in this Google Slide presentation.] This player then needs to share this slide presentation with all the other players using the instructions provided on the next slides.
- One player will start the video containing the 3 minutes timer. [The timer is not included in this free resource. One timer can time the game using another means.] When the timer begins, players begin to type words onto their individual secret charts. Be sure each player is on the correct slide. Round 1 is blue; round 2 is orange, and round 3 is green. Select words following these rules:
- Words must be at least 3 letters.
- Each sequential letter must be adjacent to the previous letter horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
- You are not allowed to use the same letter twice in a single word.
- You can not jump over letters.
- All words must be real words from an English dictionary.
- Proper nouns are not allowed.
- You can not repeat an answer even if it appears on the Word Find board twice.
- When the 3 minutes are up, players copy and paste their answers from their secret boards onto the shared board for scoring. To keep the game fair, do not start typing words before the timer starts. Answers should also be copied and pasted from individual words onto the shared board quickly once the timer ends.
- Look for duplicate answers. Players score zero points for an answer that duplicates another answer in that round. On the GROUP BOARD, change the color of the text on the duplicate answers to show that no score will be awarded for these answers.
- Highlight the unique answers so they can be easily seen by all players. Tally up scores using this table.
3-4 letters = 1 point
5 letters = 2 points
6 letters = 3 points
7 letters = 5 points
8+ letters = 11 points