Slider Word Game

Slider Word Game lesson plan

Let’s go sliding! Build vocabulary. Learn parts of speech. Practice spelling words. Create colorful sliders and play with words!

  • 1.

    Try this fun way to build your vocabulary. Or practice spelling words. You’ll even learn parts of speech.

  • 2.

    Design your slider. Sliders can be any shape you can imagine---maybe a dinosaur, a train, or a trampoline. Sketch ideas for your slider with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. To make your slider long enough for a complete sentence, you may need two or more pieces of paper. Use a Crayola Glue Stick to hold the pieces together.

  • 3.

    Color your slider with Crayola Washable Markers.

  • 4.

    Write a sentence. Using a Crayola Fine Tip Marker, write a sentence on your slider with space for at least one missing word (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, or prepositional phrase).

  • 5.

    Draw two lines, one above the other, where the missing word goes. Fold the paper gently, perpendicular to the lines, and cut slits with Crayola Scissors.

  • 6.

    Accent your slider with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry the glue.

  • 7.

    Make word strips. Cut long strips of paper slightly narrower than your slider’s slits.

  • 8.

    Divide word strips into sections with different background colors. Write one word in each section to complete the sentence you wrote on your slider.

  • 9.

    Insert the word strips from the back of the slider through the slits. You’re ready to go sliding!


  • Students learn the rules and usage of one or more of the eight parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions, adverbs, interjections, pronouns, and conjunctions.
  • Students realize that learning about parts of speech and building their vocabulary are related to proper sentence structure and creative writing.
  • Students create a slider to review various parts of speech, spelling words, or vocabulary words.


  • For sturdier sliders, use posterboard or recycled file folders.
  • Younger students and those with special needs might start with one missing-word strip of nouns as subjects in a sentence. Increase the difficulty of the sliders as children’s language skills improve.
  • Ask small groups of students to write a whole story with sliders. Use strips to change the plot or characters.
  • Encourage students to exchange sliders with each other, to make new sliders as they think of new words, and to organize their sliders by parts of speech.
  • Use this same technique to create a math game. Instead of writing a sentence on the slider, write an addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division fact. Use a number strip to find the correct answer.