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Teach Starter Publishing Suitable for years:  F - 7

Create a random letter grid and make as many words with your class as you can before the timer runs out!

Use this widget during literacy rotations or as a warm-up for spelling lessons.

The Toggle widget generates a random grid of letters that students use to make as many words as they can. The grid can be adjusted to be 3 × 3, 4 × 4 or 5 × 5. There are many ways to play. See below for some suggestions.

Word Snakes

Create words by linking the adjoining letter squares, either adjacent or diagonal, to form a chain of letters. Each letter can only be used once per word.

Random Letters

Use any letter square on the board to create words. Each letter square can only be used once per word.

Scoring

  • Less than 3 letters: 0 points
  • 3 letters: 1 point
  • 4 letters: 2 points
  • 5 letters: 3 points
  • 6 letters: 4 points
  • 7 letters: 5 points
  • 8 or more letters: 10 points

Note: The letters in the Toggle widget are generated at random, and the possible combinations per puzzle are not checked for undesirable word combinations. Please generate the puzzle and conduct your own check before presenting to your class.

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  • Michelle Halliday
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    Hi there, toggle seems to be a bit buggy now with the new updated website. I wont allow me to change the grid from 4x4 to 5x5 or 3x3.

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)
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      Hi there Michelle, thank you for getting in touch. We are indeed having some issues with the Toggle widget at the moment. It will be fixed in due course, but our apologies for the inconvenience this may cause you in the meantime!

  • Bailey Davis
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    Can you please make toggle free I really want to play it

    • Paul (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Bailey, We are making more resources free for a limited time. Keep an eye on our social media channels for details. Who knows, maybe Toggle will be free for a little while... If you really want to play it, you can always subscribe to Teach Starter! Take a look at our plans and prices to find the subscription level that works for you - https://www.teachstarter.com/au/plans/

  • Alex Gaedt
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    Hi, just having an issue using Toggle on an iPad. I’ve used it on PC no problem in the past but have to use iPads this year. I (and colleagues) can’t change to a 5x5 grid or change to lowercase letters. Any suggestions?

    • Paul (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Alex, We're sorry to hear you're having trouble. Please contact us at [email protected] and we'll help you work through the problem.

  • Tammy Devitt
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    Love Toggle, but can you also create one using numbers?? Thanks

  • Kelli Volant
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    The preview option isn't working for me

    • Tom (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Kelli, When on the introduction screen of Toggle, hold down the Preview button (the eye icon) and the letter tiles will be revealed so you can check to see if they will be suitable for your class. Releasing the button blurs the tiles until you are ready to start the game for your students. If you are still having issues please get in touch by contacting [email protected] and we will be more than happy to help you further.

  • Luke Edwards
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    Great widget but PLEASE allow user to change countdown timer!

    • Paul (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Luke, Thanks for your feedback. Remember, you can always submit a change request to this resource using the Changes & Updates tab above. This tab can be found near the comments section. Requests are voted on by the Teach Starter community and we create the top requests.

  • Alison Cole
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    Hi there. I've tried this widget in Chrome, Safari and Firefox. It's definitely NOT working. I'm on a Mac.

    • Kate Bailey
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      I'm on Mac and having no issues at all :) I am using safari

    • Tom (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Alison, Thank you for letting us know. Our development team are looking into this issue. We will update you as soon as this is resolved.

  • Steph Goulding
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    Hi, this widget still isnt working. I've tried google chrome and internet explorer and its not working.

    • Steph Goulding
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      Hi, I did try that, multiple times :)

    • Tom (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Steph, The widget is working on our end. If you try logging out and then back into the Teach Starter website, this should solve the issue. Please get in touch by emailing us at [email protected] if problems persist.

  • Kat BeeTee
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    Hi, Is there a reson this isn't working with an ultimate plan anymore?

    • Tom (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Kat, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This issue has now been resolved and you should have access to this widget. If problems persist, please contact us at [email protected]

  • Paul (Teach Starter)
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    Hi Melanie, Toggle should work by following the instructions on the post. You could try using a different web browser. I would suggest Google Chrome would be your best bet. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] if you continue to experience difficulties.