Long car rides in the backseat was the last time I recall playing Boggle. Rachel Lynette’s post from “Minds in Bloom” reminded me to dust this game off and play with all levels in all grades. It is a great way to challenge all minds within the Language Arts classroom. (The game itself is very noisy. You might want to keep that version for indoor recess.) Otherwise you can use a pocket chart to hold letters that can be changed weekly. You can use bulletin board letters or even set up alphabet magnets on the chalkboard.
The basic rule of Boggle is to create as many words from the board in a minute. The letters are to be touching. The more letters you have in a word, the more points you earn. To reinforce basic math skills, students need to calculate their scores. Have students look up words in a dictionary and record the page number to reinforce alphabatizing skills. This is a great way to check their work as well. The final challenge would be to write sentences or a story using at least five to ten words from their lists.
If you want to try an entire class game, Smart Exchange provides this Boggle lesson. There are many other versions as well but this one has a very convenient letter generator.
Who has time to make sure the words are all correct? Use the website, Boggle Solver, for all the solutions to your specific game board.
Encourage students to practice at home with their families. They can also play for free online at pogo.com. (Parents do need to register at this site.) Boggle free is a great app available for all hand held devices.