Playing QUIDDLER is so much fun that your students won’t notice they’re learning. Spelling skills sharpen quickly. After each round the words used are immediately seen by all players, and quickly learned. In cooperative play mode, after someone goes out, all players help those remaining to maximize their points. This enables all players to see how to make the combinations, increasing vocabulary as they go. Because of the short word bonus, learning two, three and four letter words becomes a natural goal of all players. As players try the make words with the highest point value, they are constantly adding up their points again and again during each round, as they do publicly after each round. Math is a natural aspect of playing QUIDDLER.
For this exercise, transparencies can be placed on the overhead projector or printed on a worksheet for students to work individually or in teams.
Activity: Place two cards on the overhead projector. Ask the students to describe the missing card. For younger students, have them fill in missing adjectives in a sentence you provide.
More Advanced Activity: Place two cards on the overhead projector. Ask the students to draw the missing card and then write a sentence describing it.
Example: I need two open purple ovals to complete this SET.
Place two new cards on the overhead projector. Ask the students to draw the missing card and then write a sentence using a different verb or sentence structure. Example: In order to complete this SET, a solid red oval is required.
Continue as above: The third sentence could be: “Please give me an open red diamond.”