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 WarmupScrabble Time Bomb

SUBMITTED BY: Patrick Bickford

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: A Sendai ALT teaching website


DATE ADDED: May 01, 2008


  Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)ÓBad/Misbehaved ClassesÕ


10-20 min.


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BRIEF OUTLINE: A timer is started and students race to write words on the chalkboard and not to be the student holding the chalk when the timer sounds.


  1. Write a relatively long word on the chalkboard: HAMBURGER, INTERESTING, BEAUTIFUL, etc. The object of this game is not to be holding the chalk when the timer goes off because the student's entire row must stand and answer English questions.
  2. The rows are simply the the vertical rows of desks in the classroom. After having the first horizontal line of students stand up and play Janken, start the timer and the winner must come to the chalkboard and write a word vertically using one of the letters from HAMBURGER as shown in the diagram on the right.
  3. The student then gives the chalk to a student to the next row and one student from that row must come and write a horizontal or vertical word connecting to a letter. The 'next student' doesn't have to be the student directly next to the student who wrote the word on the chalkboard, but each student in a row can only write once until all the students in that row has written a word on the chalkboard.
  4. When the timer sounds, the student holding the chalk and their entire row must stand up and answer English questions, usually based on the recently learned vocabulary words or grammar pattern.
  5. When finished, the chalk moves on the the next row and a new word is written on the board.



  • To make it more interesting for higher-level classes, don't allow the same word to be written, even after you write a new word on the board to start the next round.
  • For lower-level classes, allow them to reference their textbooks.

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