We have recently started playing Boggle in our classroom. This is one of the choices students can make when they are finished with their assignment. To play, the student will take our their Reading Journal and copy the letters at the top of the page. Then, they will attempt to make as many words as they can from the 16 letters in the squares.
This is a great open-ended activity, because it can be as challenging as the student needs it to be. Some students will stick to finding two and three-letter words, but others will challenge themselves to find longer words. In the few minutes we used to introduce this new activity, the students had found the words and, am, and man. How many words can you find? :]