Teams of two students will attempt to locate science words pertaining to
a particular subject on a board of 16 letters.
Number of Participants / Approximate Time
Up to 2 / 30 minutes
1. Teams will be given a board of 16 letters arranged in a 4 by 4 square
pattern and a subject/category. All teams will receive the same boards
2. Boards and categories will be given in sets of three. Each board will
contain 3 to 12 words pertaining to a single category. Five minutes will
be allowed for teams to locate words in each set of three boards.
3. To make a word, students will start with a letter and each succeeding
letter in the word must touch the previous letter in some way (share a
side or touch corners). No letter square may be used more than one in
the same word. Abbreviations, contractions, and hyphenated words and foreign
words not found in an English dictionary are not acceptable. Singular
and plural forms of a word count as the same word, i.e. CAR and CARS count
as the same word, but CARS could prove to be a worthy tiebreaker due to
the extra letter.
4. Students will write down each word found in the blanks provided. Numbers
given in the upper left corner of the letter boxes will be used to identify
the first letter of the word.
One point will be awarded for each word. Ties will be broken the number
of words greater than seven letters, then sequentially lower numbers of
letters until a winner is determined.