Wordle Worksheets and 5 Engaging Ways to Play Wordle in the Classroom
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Wordle is Taking over the World
According to a survey conducted by Morning Consult, 14% of adults in the United States play Wordle. With a statistic like that, you can bet that at least a few of the kids in your class have parents who play the game, or they play the game themselves.
Playing Wordle in the classroom is the perfect opportunity to connect with your students over something that is relevant in their lives, teach them skills like problem-solving and phonics, and have fun!
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Reasons to Play Wordle in the Classroom
There are a lot of fun and engaging games out there. Why bring Wordle into the classroom?
First, Wordle has layers of educational opportunities. It's a game about spelling, it's a game about phonics, and it's a game about problem-solving, strategy, and the process of elimination. It requires students to think about words, letters, and sounds a little differently, not to mention it can teach patience as students think carefully about what word to try next.
In addition to exercising your brain, Wordle is simple. It's easy to learn, and it's easy to play. Even elementary students can get the hang of it the very first time you play the game together.
It's also social! Whether students are playing individually or as a class, it can be a lot of fun to share their results on social media or talk to their friends at school about how fast they solved the word.
Ready to play with your students? Here are some creative ways to play Wordle in the classroom.
#1 - Project Wordle on the Wall and Solve It as a Class
The simplest way to play Wordle is to project the game on the wall and solve it together as a class. All you have to do is go directly to the website and you're ready to play!
This is a great way to kill some time, even if you don't want Wordle to be a regular thing. For example, the class could play while waiting for the school counselor to arrive, or the class could play when everyone finishes taking a test early.
Wordle can also help with transitions if you want to make Wordle part of your everyday routine. You could play Wordle every day after recess to get students in the right mindset for the afternoon, or it could be an activity you do first thing in the morning.
This is also a great option if you want to get other classes in on the action. You could set up a competition where multiple classrooms attempt to solve the Wordle puzzle each morning. Then, kids can talk to their friends in other classes about how fast they solved the puzzle. The class with the most solves or the least amount of guesses after a certain period of time could get a prize.
#2 - Create Your Own Wordles on a Poster
If you don't have the technology in your classroom to project Wordle on the wall, or you're looking for a simpler way to play, try creating your own Wordles on a poster.
Create a table that is five squares across and six squares long. Laminate the poster so you can write the letters in each square with dry erase markers as the kids guess. Use green, yellow, and gray erasable markers so they know which letters they have guessed right and the ones they have gotten wrong.
One of the benefits of playing Wordle this way is that you can choose any word you want. You can play Wordle on the computer by yourself in the morning for inspiration, you can play with spelling words, or you can play with vocabulary from a social studies or science unit. You can also check out the Wordle archive if you need even more inspiration.
Have words that are shorter or longer that you would like the kids to practice? You can create posters with different-sized tables, which is something you can't do with the actual Wordle game.
#3 - Wordle Worksheet Game
Wordle is a great game for kids to play together! Print sheets with a simple five-by-six table that mimics the look of the table used by the Wordle game. Like hangman, one student picks the word, and the other tries to guess it. Then, letter spaces are filled in with green, yellow, or gray so the student knows which letters to guess-and which letters not to guess-next.
This can be a fun station activity as students rotate around the room. It can also be a fun way to pass the time at a holiday party, or it can be used during a spelling lesson as a fun way to practice spelling words.
Just like the poster, worksheets can be created with different-sized tables if you want students to practice words that are longer or shorter than five letters.
#4 - Let Kids Play It on a Tablet
Wordle doesn't have to be played with others in a classroom setting. Students can still play on their own during the school day when a shortcut is added to class tablets.
It can be used at a solitary station during rotations, or it can be something that students complete as an early finisher.
In order for this to be successful, you need to make sure your class understands the importance of not spoiling the word of the day for other students, as they may be playing the same word at different points throughout the day.
To encourage friendly competition, you could have students fill out a log as they play. Not only does it give them extra practice spelling out words, but students who meet a certain goal for playing the game could win a prize.
#5 - Use Student-Led Strategies
Playing Wordle in the classroom means actually playing, but it's a great way to encourage critical thinking skills by asking students to brainstorm successful strategies for playing the game. You can create a running list of student-led strategies to post on the wall based on their input.
For example, you could get kids thinking by asking them what kind of word they should guess first. Talk about why a word like "happy" might not be a good choice (it has two of the same letter), and why a word like "radio" might be a better first pick.
Ask the students to talk about Wordle strategies that they use, and you will be surprised at what they come up with!
Wordle is a great game to play with your students, especially because there are so many ways to integrate this trendy game into your classroom. Whether you play it every once in a while with your class when you have the time or you make it part of your daily routine, you will encourage your students to use their brains in new ways, and they will have fun doing it!
How to Play Wordle
One of the most appealing things about playing Wordle is the fact that it isn't difficult. You have six tries to guess a five-letter word. Your first try is completely random, but as you make your guesses, letters in the word will begin to light up:
- Green letters are correct and in the right spot.
- Yellow letters are correct but in the wrong spot.
- Gray letters aren't anywhere in the word.
Want to guess random letters that aren't a real word to narrow down your options? You can't do that! Every guess has to be a real word.
Unlike other online games, Wordle isn't designed to be endless. Instead of playing level after level as you win, the original Wordle has only a single word every day. Once you guess the word, the game is over. If you don't guess the word, you'll get to see the correct Wordle of the day, and the game is over.
In addition to its simplicity, this game is also appealing because you can post your game on social media without giving away the answer. By showing just the series of green, yellow, and gray boxes, your friends can see just how close you came to missing the word or how you were able to guess the word in a single try.