#SOL17: Words

Recognize this?


I saw a three letter word.

Then a five letter word.

I shuffled the letters around.

I could use six letters.


Check out the point total.

A silent, mental, fist bump.

“Oh, YEAH!”

“48 points!”

Then I tried just again to add in that final seventh letter.

Greedy. . .

I wanted the bonus from playing all the letters in one word.

It did not work.

Once more. . .

No Go.

I quickly pulled out my six letters.

Arranged them

Pressed the send.

Pushed the button to say, “YES, I want to play this word.”

And then a scream of anguish.


I had played “enslave”

On the wrong “e”.

Not 48 points

A mere 18.

Attention to detail.

Real life importance of “word placement”.

A game I lost by 5.

And should have, could have, won by at least 30 points.

“Can I have a redo?  Video instant replay?  Do over?”


The difference between absolutely no “extra point tiles”  or two “DW” tiles . . .

The difference between enslave for 18 points or 48 points.

One of my favorite pastimes – “Words with Friends”.

One of my most frustrating pastimes – “Words with Friends”.

Where do you learn your “Life Lessons”?

slice of life

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16 responses

  1. Love how your game taught you so many life lessons! Great use of metaphor.

    1. Sally,
      I was going to write about last night’s chat but this timely mistake was just perfect. Taking a risk on being real. We need to share a wider range of our own stories with our students!

  2. Fran, I feel your pain – I have done the same thing! Yes – We can find life lessons everywhere!

    1. Thanks, Christine. This goes to relevance. A deeper understanding of the WHY? We can find these every day!

  3. Let’s play, Fran! And make sure you make those sorts of mistakes when you’re going against me! Your slice is a great mentor for building tension and then using unexpected twists to create a meaningful lesson. May I use it with fifth graders?

    1. Please use it, Melanie. That would truly be my honor. Small moments truly can be one little event!

      I was going to work on something with “audience” after last night’s chat but that is still percolating in my brain! ❤

  4. Oh the should have, could have, would haves! Great slice. You had us hanging, expecting the win and then…Bummer. Play on.

    1. Julieanne,
      I have stolen the “should have, could have, would have” mantra from you. It explains so many things.

      Forge on!

      NO come back in the second half like the Patriots. No Overtime!

      Yes, play on! ❤

  5. Sometimes our fingers are just too quick. I know I am often guilty of hitting “send” without going back to reading what I am sending. I then get angry at myself for not checking things first…kind of like think before you speak. Once it is out there there’s no taking it back.

    1. I know . . . “Haste makes waste!” was one of my first thoughts after “!@#$%” and then “It’s only a game!”

      Good reminder that, “Once it is out there, there’s not taking it back.”

  6. Great slice, Fran! The story is really good and I love the way your presentation creates the mood. Play on… you won’t make that mistake again too soon.

    1. Alice,
      You are correct! Double checking the numbers before I click . . .”Take my finger OFF the button.Take a deep breath.” Double check. Triple check.

      Not for a bit anyway . . . .<3

  7. Oh, yes I too have had those hurried mis-steps. I think that is one of my life lessons – slow down! But I get so excited and competitive playing a game!

    1. Terie,
      I know . . . “Win, Win, Win” and that adrenaline just buzzes! LOL

  8. Ahhh! Attention to detail, slowing down a little to check and the power of words are all important lessons I learn over and over again. Loved this slice!

    1. Lisa,
      Simple things . . . YET so powerful when they are all combined together. Haste makes waste!

      Thanks! It was FUN!

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