A fun game to include once a week in your morning work routine is The Perfect Word. My 4th grade teacher Mrs. Spehar used this with us and I remember loving it. I did change the name simply because neither she nor I could remember what is was!
The Perfect Word is a simple game to improve basic addition skills with a little spelling, too. Explain to the students that each letter of the alphabet is equal to a number. The code we always used was A=1, B=2…Y=25, Z=26. Every Tuesday (or any other day)designate time for students to find out how much their spelling words equal, their names, who can find the word with the highest sum, the word with the least sum with X amount of letters, or anything else you can think of. Allow the students to work on it in their free time throughout the week. If doing a competition (greatest, least, etc), have all of the students submit their words and totals in a designated area. Before dismissal on Friday announce the winner!
Also, along with the weekly assignment have a second competition to find the perfect word which could last a 9 weeks, semester, or year long! The perfect words cannot be a proper noun and has a sum of 100. I have to admit after trying for a very long time, I have only found 2 perfect words!
Now Tumblr Teachers, I would love to see how smart you are! Can any of you figure out any of the perfect words?