Different versions of this game are floating around ELT/ALT circles, but this one is wholly original to this site, and arguably much easier for kids to understand. So there!

Everyone knows Scrabble, right? Well this is a combination of that and a word scramble. Hence the name.

It can last up to the whole lesson with some classes, or you may want to set a time limit and see who has the most points after that.

Here's how to set it up and play.

You will need:
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  1. Scrabble board
  2. Scoreboard
  3. Scrambled words (see below)

  1. Poster-print or blow-up the Scrabble board to stick on the blackboard.
  2. Prepare lists of scrambled words from the appropriate vocab list. I usually make about 40 cards for each group.
  1. Make groups of four students,
  2. Use the big board to explain to the class how scrabble works,
  3. Hand out the packs of scrambled words (one each group),
  4. Give each group a game board and score board,
  5. Have them unscramble one word each, and then write it on the game board,
  6. After writing their word, they must use the key on the scoreboard to add up their score,
  7. Highest score at the end of the game wins.

Please let me know what you think in the comments.

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