Remarkable Idea - Word Seeker

In this Remarkable Idea, students will use critical thinking skills to spell words from a grid of random letters.




Critical thinking


Language Arts

Alternative methods of access




iPad with SoundingBoard App or a QuickTalker 12 or QuickTalker Freestyle

Step-by-Step (if competing and keeping score)



1. Create a few boards (9×9) for your SoundingBoard App or a QuickTalker 12 of 9 letters. For students that don’t need a communication device, these can simply be printed out. Letters should not repeat. Make sure to record the letter names to each square of the grid as well so students can spell words during the activity. Easily create symbol overlays for your AbleNet technology using our easy-to-use online Symbol Overlay Maker at

2. Find words in your grids and gather picture symbols to go along with the words to assist students by providing a visual aid if necessary. Two copies of each picture may be necessary, one with the word written below it, and one with just the picture.

3. Record numbers to the Step-by-Step (the range, 1-10, 1-20, etc. will depend on your class).




Solve the Puzzle as a Class


1. Give each student in class a paper or project it so that all students can see the grid. Provide students with an iPad with SoundingBoard/QuickTalker 12/QuickTalker Freestyle.

2. Students take turns finding words in the grid; students using a communication device will spell out words they see.

3. Continue until the class cannot find any more words.

Friendly Competition

1. Split the class into teams and provide each team with a 9 x 9 grid (must be the same). Provide students with an iPad with Sounding Board/QuickTalker12/QuickTalker Freestyle with the same grid.

2. Set a timer for 3-5 minutes and have each team come up with a list of words they can find on their grid.

3. The team with the most words found wins that round.



This is also a great opportunity to discuss homonyms, synonyms, plural words, and build student vocabularies.

If you want a complete list of possible words from your 9 x 9 grid, the website can help with that.