Jump on the wordle craze

The Wordle app has taken the world by storm, so why not use it to engage our students in learning? Let's take a look at what the word is and how it can be used in the classroom. You might be surprised to discover how many Wordle options there are beyond the 5 letter word prompt.

What is Wordle?

Wordle is an app and a website that hosts a daily word challenge. Each word is only 5 letters long. You need to guess the correct word within six tries. Each letter that you guess in a word is color-coded. Meaning if the letter turns green then the letter is correct and in the correct placement of the word in the challenge. If the letter is yellow then that means that letter is found in the word, but not in the correct placement. If the letter is gray then that letter does not appear in the daily word challenge.

Wordle Variations

Want to play wordle with your students but put your own twist on it? There are so many ways to do it. First, there are templates that you can use

  • Canva presentation wordle style. Canva has an awesome Wordle-themed presentation for you to use with your students when presenting information to them. You can find it by logging into your canva for EDU account and searching Wordle.

  • Slides Maina offers a Wordle template that you can download for free in Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel. You can find it here.

Wordle Game variations

  • https://mywordle.strivemath.com/?word=hsruy - MyWordle allows you to create five-letter words and share them. Additionally, you can adjust the language to French, Spanish, German, and more.

  • Here's a game that allows you to create multiple wordle games using multiple words: https://www.flippity.net/WordMaster.htm. All you need to do is provide a list of vocabulary words or terms, and flippity will handle the rest. Put each word on a separate line and type or copy/paste it into the box. Then click the generate button. A blank wordle screen will appear in a new tab. Your students use the link to guess the words by typing in each letter or word.

  • Word.Rodeo is where you can type in one word that ranges from 3 to 15 letters. There is also an option to provide hints. This would be a fun way to learn vocabulary. You can also adjust the number of times a student gets to solve the puzzle. Enter your word and click Go. A shareable link will appear. Students then select the letters from the keyboard and click Enter until they get the correct word.

  • Byrdle - is an option for music teachers since the words are related to music terms. This game follows the same rules as Wordle.

  • Worldle and Globle and Earthle (app) Guess the country of the day by looking at an outline of the country.

Wordle for the math classroom

  • Times table sequence -use your multiplication facts knowledge from two to ten to fill in a sequence of 5 numbers. You have six guesses to find the right sequence. In addition, you can set the sequence to be easy or hard.

  • Nerdle - https://nerdlegame.com/ - Each tile is a calculation instead of a letter. You can use any number 0-9, a plus or minus sign, multiplication, or a division symbol. Each nerdle must have an equal value. Be sure to keep the order of operations in mind.

  • Ooodle - In this math equation you are solving for a number in the red box. You can only use one through nine once. You have six guesses to try to come up with the equation. As you work to check the problem the ooodle will prompt you with the correct answer to your equation. You can even set a timer to make it more challenging.

Ideas for Classroom Use

I'm not sure about you, but as soon as I started playing Wordle and its many variations, the ideas for classroom use began flowing. For example,

  • As students are arriving, the bell ringer has a Wordle for them to solve.

  • Students can solve a wordle with the main term or vocabulary word before they leave the classroom as an exit ticket.

  • The students can even make their own Wordle daily challenges to solve with their classmates.

  • Wordle to support classroom culture

I used wordle in my class as a word of the day as students came in they clicked on the link and guessed the daily word. They then shared their responses (not the word) in our Team chat. A fun way to get their minds ready for the day ahead or focused on a specific concept during the lesson.

What are some of your ideas for Wordle in the classroom? Share them below.

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