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Scrabble Newsletter

posted Dec 18, 2014, 9:24 AM by Leah Ashford   [ updated Dec 18, 2014, 10:46 AM ]

Scrabble Club at Fernwood

Word games are lots of fun! Many Grade 2 and 3 (and a few older students who ‘helped’ the younger ones) came to the library on Thursday lunch breaks through November and early December to learn how to play ‘A E I O U’ - a simplified version of Scrabble.

Using the five vowels they were given, along with five consonants they chose at random from the table - replenishing their consonants as needed - the children attempted to make words that crisscrossed. Once the first set of vowels were incorporated, they could take another set of vowels and continue to build more words.

It didn’t take long before the regulars realized that points can be made in two ways. First of all, the more words made, the more points scored. Then, the notion that certain letters are more valuable than others for scoring became evident. Things began to get a bit more competitive - and scores reflected their growing sense of know-how and strategy.

Compare the first and last session scores:

Highest Total Score: 37 / 116 (22 words made!)

Highest Scoring Word: 11 (DISKS/FLAP) / 22 (FUZZY)

Indeed, by the last session all four finalists had total scores of:  92, 70, 116 & 86 points!

Many thanks to those who participated - well done!

In February and March a second set of sessions will be held for Grade 4 and 5 students. This will culminate in a Grand Championship to help raise funds for the local Grandmothers to Grandmothers (G2G) Community Scrabble Initiative.

There is plenty of learning and fun to look forward to - and an opportunity to support the worthy work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.