I recently found a new word game addiction. It's called 7 Little Words, and its simplicity is what makes it fun. I've attempted to use it on my 5th and 6th grade students twice now in Station Day activities.
The first time, I told them that I wanted them to try it but they could move on to WordsWorth if they wanted to. What I found is that most of them went the easy way to WordsWorth. I can't say that I blame them. WordsWorth comes across as a great language arts game spelling words with randomly placed tiles. However, as you get into the game, you realize that you can just drag your finger across the tiles and hope for the best. Knowledge of the English language is not a necessary component for playing this game. Fast fingers are.
7 Little Words is significantly harder. You need to know vocabulary -- crossword puzzle vocabulary to succeed. It makes you think, which is something I welcome.
So, this time I forced them to play 7 Little Words the whole time. I didn't hear any crying and gnashing of teeth, so it must have been OK. I did give them a little hint -- use Google. One girl found a 7 Little Words cheat site and wanted to know if it was OK to use it. Oh, the joys of the Internet!