Word Scramble is a great icebreaker for demonstrating the importance of team cooperation, and is useful for observing group dynamics as your team works together to solve a problem.
10 or more
- Two pens
- A large piece of paper (or chalkboard)
- Dictionary (Optional)
- Divide the group into two or more teams (about 5 participants to a team).
- Distribute one piece of paper and one pen to each team.
- The task: The instructor will write down 7 random letters on the large piece of paper (or chalkboard).
- When the timer starts, the instructor will put the large piece of paper up for display. Each team will have 3 minutes to write down as many words that can be formed from the 7 random letters.
- Words must be at least 3-letters; 2-letter words do not receive points.
- Allow 3 minutes for the teams to come up with their words.
- At the end of the 3 minutes, go over the list of words that each team comes up with to see if the words are found in the English dictionary (use if necessary).
- Repeat for 2 more rounds with different sets of 7 letter words.
- At the end of the three rounds, tally the score. The team with the highest score wins.
- The scoring systems is as follows:
- 7 letter word – 40 points
- 6 letter word – 30 points
- 5 letter word – 20 points
- 4 letter word – 10 points
- 3 letter word – 5 points
- What kind of behaviors helped solve the problem?
- What kind of behaviors increased communication within the team?
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