School Scrabble clubs are becoming a popular lunch break activity. In this digital age, the classic word game has become a favorite of students.
At Deanna Chilleni’s office at Rama Road Elementary School, seven fourth graders who are members of the Scrabble club regularly come during lunch to play the game. She is the site coordinator of Communities in Schools, which is a dropout prevention organization. She is also a Scrabble coach.
Her counterpart at McClintock Middle School is CIS coordinator Gabriela Francisco. When a student spells “LURM” Francisco asks “Is that a word?”
The child answers yes, it is. . Francisco asks “What does it mean?”
The students take some guesses, including “moving in a wiggly way.”
Francisco tells them to get their dictionaries. “LURM” isn’t in there.
Chilleni says that staff figured that Scrabble would help with literacy and math. But an added bonus they did not foresee is that it also helps with social skills, as students work together on teams.