Middle School

Scrabble Club builds critcal thinking skills

Scrabble Club builds critcal thinking skills

Word game helps students boost strategy skills while increasing new vocabulary.

San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) students from Rogers and Wheatley Middle schools and Hillcrest Elementary are improving their language and critical thinking skills with Scrabble. Students are so excited about the Scrabble Club that you can find them playing before and after school.

Thanks to funding support from the SAISD Foundation, the clubs will be expanding to new schools this year, including: Brewer, Smith and Storm elementary schools; Harris, Longfellow, Page, Rhodes and Whittier middle schools and Brackenridge High School.

Rogers Elementary librarian Jennifer Zinn helped launched the first campus club last year when she saw the benefits the game offers to students.

“Scrabble helps with spelling, vocabulary, math, spatial reasoning, logic, strategic thinking and developing relationship and social skills,” Zinn said. “In addition, it promotes healthy competition (learning to win and lose graciously), and studies have shown that it can help improve memory and concentration.”

Read the entire story at SAISD News.

Photo Courtesy: San Antonio ISD
Rogers Middle School students Frank Martinez (left) and Sebastian Oberg (right)  draw on the power of words during a lunchtime game of Scrabble, which is being used as a learning tool for the approximately 50 core members of the school’s Scrabble Club.