What kind of Christmas words scramble are you looking for? Are you looking for letter scrambles? We've got 'em. How about sentence scrambles? We've got those too. Better yet, what about a scramble that involves a little bit of teamwork to come up with the proper spelling?
Get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into the magic of Christmas. This is your one-stop Christmas scramble shop. Feel free to share any of the printables below with your students and reward their merry-making with a Christmas treat or two.
In this activity, you'll simply ask students to unscramble a series of letters to create Christmas-themed vocabulary words. For example "fitg" would be unscrambled to spell "gift" and "dnyac ncae" would be unscrambled to spell "candy cane." It's a classic for a reason; children (and adults) of all ages love to solve letter scrambles!
In this activity, you'll provide small teams of students with letter cards that'll be used to spell whatever Christmas vocabulary word you call out. This is a great activity if you want to spice things up from your ordinary spelling bee.
You can also play the word scramble this way: Write two sets of five Christmas sentences on sentence strips. Then cut the strips apart. Give one set of sentences to one team and the other set to a second team. The teams must work together to put the words in order to form correct sentences.
For an easier version, group the words for individual sentences together. For a really hard version, mix up all the words of all the sentences into one big pile and let them sort it all out.
Of course, you can use all of these ideas, building one on the other, beginning with the letter scramble and working up to the sentence strips. No matter how you choose to use your Christmas words scramble, everyone will have a holly jolly time doing it!
This activity is probably the trickiest of them all. Students will look at a sentence full of jumbled words and have to reorder them into correctly-constructed sentences that celebrate the joy of the season.
There are many different ways to wish your brethren a merry Christmas. If any of these activities have put you in the holiday spirit and you want to fill a few more days with Christmas fun, feel free to check out any of these additional resources:
Christmas Charades - If you're working with high schoolers, this free printable will set your students up for a wonderful round of charades. All the prompts are listed on the site; just toss them into Santa's red hat and let willing participants act out each prompt.
Christmas Mad Libs - Nothing's funnier than a silly set of Mad LIbs. This link contains links to over a dozen different Christmas-themed Mad Libs.
Christmas Bingo - The folks over at Fun-Squared have everything you need for a little Christmas Bingo. Just insert some sturdy card stock into the school printer and eight different boards will pop out, as well as one set of chips. There is a detailed set of directions for your convenience too.
Christmas Cards - Encourage students to pull out their markers and pens as they decorate their very own Christmas cards, including heartfelt messages to the ones they love.
Christmas Word Search - Who doesn't love a simple ol' word search? It calms the soul and soothes the mind. Print out any or all of the four word searches offered by the folks at The Teacher's Corner.
Also, if any of your holiday festivities lead you down the pathway to Scrabble delight, use YourDictionary's free Word Finder tool to help you nab the most points! Is Words With Friends more your style? YourDictionary offers a similar tool to help you achieve WWF mastery too!
There's such a sense of delight in the air when Christmas is around the corner. Isn't it wonderful to be able to maximize on that jovial feeling with a little language learning fun?
When the scrambling is done, consider moving on to journaling or DIY activities, similar to your Thanksgiving activities. Students can take this time to reflect on what they're grateful for and make their own Christmas greeting cards for friends and loved ones.
What's your favorite classroom activity for this time of year? Feel free to leave some tips in the comments section below!