Our school Scrabble club will meet Tuesdays at lunch starting November 12th!
hosted by Ms. Stillman in Room 313, with the help of North American
Scrabble Players Association copresident and Jackman dad John Chew.
We have equipment and space for up to 32 players, and our first
session will be limited to students in Grades 4-6, playing regular
(not Junior Edition) Scrabble in English.
Scrabble is a board game that combines and exercises several key
EQAO language and mathematics skills in a fun, familiar, cooperative
and competitive environment. In the primary (Grade 3) curriculum,
these include: addition of two-digit numbers, estimation to solve
a problem, multiplication of one-digit numbers, pattern identification
and general problem solving. In the junior (Grade 6) curriculum,
these include determining theoretical probability of experimental
outcomes and solving simple algebraic equations. In both levels,
playing Scrabble gives children a new lens through which to look
at language, encourages them to expand their reading vocabulary,
spell correctly, and learn in practical terms how words are put
together from roots, prefixes and suffixes, so that they are better
prepared in general for reading comprehension tasks. It also gives
them a way to practise rapid arithmetic in a competitive but
At the school level, Scrabble is played two-on-two, so that students
can teach their teammates skills while competing with other classmates.
Primary students tend to play the confusingly Scrabble Junior;
Junior students can play the regular game according to tournament
rules. Most of the 30+ Toronto-area schools with active School
Scrabble programmes take advantage of the Toronto Scrabble Club’s
pool of volunteers available to help run school clubs for free;
they also participate in the annual Toronto School Scrabble
Championship in March (Eastern Regionals on February 25), the winner
of which represents Toronto at the U.S. Nationals in April in
So how many ways can you spell CAT? If you mean the four-legged
animal, just CAT; but if it’s the tropical plant, that can be
spelled KAT, KHAT or QAT.
QAT is one “Q” word that doesn’t need a U; here are the rest:
QI(S), QATS, QADI(S), QAID(S), QOPH(S), FAQIR(S), QANAT(S),
TRANQ(S), QABALA(H)(S), QINDAR(S), QINTAR(S), QWERTY(S),
SHEQEL(S), QINDARKA, SHEQALIM and MBAQANGA(S).
If you play the Q on a triple-letter score square above and
to the right of two I’s, that’s 62 points for spelling QI (a word
for the Chinese life force) twice. You can do the same thing with ZA/ZA.
That’s ZA as in pizZA.
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