Creating interesting winter word games is as easy as pie. No matter the topic, a good ol' fashioned game of word finder can seal the deal. Given all the hallmarks of the winter season - from mittens to snowmen - there are a wealth of classroom activities you can implement this season. Let's take a look at some of the most engaging options.
No matter how you choose to savor the winter weather with your students, you might want to kick things off with a winter word list. Go around the room and ask students to suggest a word that rings of winter wonderlands.
If, at any point, your students get stuck, crack open a winter-themed book and read it aloud to the class. Ask students to jot down any words that sound wintry. Then, you can continue to add to your winter word bank.
You might be able to borrow from this list of vocabulary words for Thanksgiving. But, to really ignite the fires, print out the list of 85 winter words below.
A word scramble is the perfect way to settle students down and warm their wintry souls. Students are given a jumbled up set of letters and must rearrange them to form an actual word. For example, they'd have to unscramble "netmist" to form "mittens."
Teachers Pay Teachers offers an array of colorful scrambles you can print out and place on each student's desk as an opening activity to their day of winter word fun.
This game is similar to Hangman.
Start out by drawing two identical snowmen on the board, each with 10 to 16 parts, like two or three circles for the body, arms, buttons, eyes, nose, mouth, and so on.
Divide the class into two teams.
A player from each team spells a winter word, defines it, reads it, or answers a question about it.
If the player is correct, he erases one part of the other team's snowman.
Play until one snowman has completely disappeared (or "melted").
Hint: If you start at the top, it'll look more like melting.
Here's a winter word game with an artistic twist. It's essentially a simplified version of Pictionary.
Divide the class into two teams again.
One player goes to the board and draws a picture that represents a winter word.
The team that guesses the word first gets a point.
Hint: if you have an uneven number of kids, one could be a scorekeeper. The team that scores five points first is the winner of a lucky treat.
Password is a great word game. You could also title tit "Clue" or "What is That?"
Pick two students to stand in front of the room, facing the class.
Select a winter word from your extensive vocabulary list and write it on the board (or show it to the rest of the class on a piece of paper).
Students raise their hands when they have a good clue and the two players take turns calling on them to hear their clues.
The two players must then guess the answer until someone guesses correctly.
That student remains and the student who gave the clue takes the other player's spot. Who will be the last player standing?
Sometimes the holiday season gets everyone all riled up, teachers included. Why not savor the season with a little winter word fun? It's also nice to mix things up with a quiet word scramble or a boisterous game of Password.
If you're approaching Thanksgiving break, enjoy these Thanksgiving Word Games with your students. Or, if you're gearing up for a longer Christmas break, stir up some holiday cheer with these Christmas Word Scrambles.
Last but not least, explore the many ways to say "Merry Christmas" with your students too. May this season's holiday cheer remain with you always.