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 WarmupTime or Length Word Race

SUBMITTED BY: Brenton Gettmann



DATE ADDED: Apr 28, 2011


  Large Classes (16-39 Students)ÓHuge Classes (40+ Students)ÔBad/Misbehaved ClassesÕ


05-10 min.



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BRIEF OUTLINE: This is a word race game that has students trying to write long words in order to win the race.



  • TimeOrLengthWordRace attachment: The attachment should be double-sided. One sheet for each row in the class.



  1. After the ALT/JTE hands out worksheet (one for each row), check to see if there are any absent students. If there are, have students move to make a continuous row without any gaps.
  2. For each # on the worksheet, students must write a word that has at least the number of letters as there are solid boxes. For example, if there are 3 solid boxes and 10 dotted boxes, the student must write at least a 3-letter word to receive any points for that number on the sheet. So, if that student wrote "me" they wouldn't receive any points for that # on the worksheet because it didn't reach the minimum amount of required letters. However, if they wrote "help" they would receive 4 points, because they passed the minimum amount of letters and wrote an extra one. The idea is if the student wants to score more points they can write a longer word using the dotted boxes. The more letters they write, the more points they can get.
  3. After the first student in the row writes a word for #1 with at least the minimum amount of letters, they pass the sheet to the student behind them and that student must write a word for #2 with the minimum amount of letters indicated by solid boxes. Then that student passes it back and the next student must write a word for #3. They pass the sheet up and down their row until the have written 12 words.
  4. This is a timed game of sorts. After one row (team) finishes writing 12 words, the whole class must stop and you go pick up all of the worksheets whether or not each team completed writing all 12 words. So students must decide whether or not they should try to write 12 words as fast as possible so the other teams don’t have a chance to write 12 words, or possibly score more points by writing more difficult/long words.
  5. Scoring: If students spell a word wrong, they don’t receive any points for that #. If a word is written two times, no points. If the word does not meet the minimum amount of letters, no points are received. One point is given for each box filled with a letter if it meets the minimum amount of required letters for that # indicated by solid boxes.
  6. JTE/ALT then collects the papers and tabulate the points. The team with the most points is the winner. You can keep track of each team's score and have them see if they can beat their previous scores. You can also have them compete from class to class to see who has the highest score.
  7. This game takes some time to explain at first, but once students get the hang of it, they really seem to enjoy it and try to write really long words.


  • For low-level classes, let the students use their textbooks.
  • Encourage students to find longer words.
  • When you announce the results for each group, you can read each word that the row wrote and how many points they got for that word.

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