by Terri DiGregorio
Remix? Bakery? Leader? What do these words have in common?
They are all words used by third and fourth graders in their games of Scrabble during the last meeting of the Fairley Elementary School Scrabble Club.
Yvette Gigliotti, a third grade teacher at Fairley, loves to play Scrabble with her coworkers through Literacy Volunteers and thought maybe the children in her class might like it, too.
Not only did her classroom enjoy it, all of the third and fourth graders in the school got involved in a weekly tournament held in the cafeteria after school.
When asked how they liked staying an extra hour after being in school all day, the replies included, “I think about it all day. I can’t wait!” “I hope we can do it again, it’s a lot of fun.”
For the past two weeks, 25 to 30 students have participated in the Scrabble Club. They play for an hour using the 10 Scrabble games purchased by the school through a grant from Novelis.
“They come right in and got started with such enthusiasm,” said Gigliotti. “I’ve watched their spelling improve each week and the words they come up with are amazing.”
One student spelled “Water” using two blank tiles in place of the “T” and “R.” Another spelled “Popes” for a score of 33 points.
Not only are the kids using their spelling and math, they’re learning to work as teams and making new friends. The excitement builds throughout their last game to see who the top scorers will be.
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