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Vocabulary Matching Puzzle

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Ideal for vocabulary in any content area! This makes a great 5-minute sponge activity. Just type your list and Excel automatically generates a vocabulary puzzle. Each puzzle contains 9-25 squares. Every square has a vocabulary word or definition along each of the four sides, and students must match them up. A list of 50 words will create one large puzzle. I have added smaller puzzles to accomodate shorter lists. Any list can be shuffled to create multiple versions of a puzzle.

I have students put a color or pattern on the back of each puzzle and then cut apart the puzzles the first time we play, and we store them in envelopes. The pattern on the back allows for quicker identification of misplaced pieces.
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On  December 4, 2013,  Buyer said:
Very easy to use. Challenging. No bells and whistles. But, sometimes those can be distracting too!!
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On  November 16, 2013,  Militza R. said:
I have not used this yet but I did familiarize myself with everything. I am not good with Excel so this was very nice! I will surely use it for various other chapters. I am excited to put it together. Thanks for all your work!
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On  November 3, 2013,  Sharon V. said:
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On  October 28, 2013,  Buyer said:
I really like this activity, but there are two things I would change to make it more challenging for my PreAP/AP level students, if possible. First, I would have all words on the edges face the outside. Second, I would randomize the direction the title faces in the center of the square. This would add to the "puzzle" and make it more difficult to solve.
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On  October 17, 2013,  Ellen J. said:
Great vocab tool.
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Interesting way to study!
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Fun activity. Thanks
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Once you get the hang of it--this is a nice little tool to have.
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On  October 28, 2012,  Buyer said:
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On  August 27, 2012,  Cheryl C. said:
I use this material to provide vocabulary practice for individual students and for entire classrooms. Students and teachers both love it.
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On  August 7, 2012,  Buyer said:
Intend to use this with my students as a review for quarterly vocab. tests. thanks!
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On  March 6, 2012,  Buyer said:
Easy to use! Students thought it was a bit challenging at first:)
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On  February 24, 2012Yantezia Patrick (TpT Seller) said:
My students loved putting these together! It's quick and simple to put together, and the result is definitely worth the time!
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On  February 12, 2012,  Eileen G. said:
Great to build vocabulary puzzles for units that can be used year after year - especially if it is printed on card stock and laminates. Great for the student who finishes early.
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On  January 28, 2012,  Sarah J. said:
I think it's great that there is a smaller game - i'll start with that one and build up to the larger game. Thanks!
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On  October 19, 2011,  Jennifer D. said:
This is a great tool for teaching vocabulary, thank you for sharing! I actually used it in math too with equations and variables.
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On  October 8, 2011Lisha Saliani (TpT Seller) said:
This is such a neat program and you can use it for many different vocabulary purposes. I plan on having my kids use it to create their own vocabulary review games.
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On  July 19, 2010Meghan Mathis (TpT Seller) said:
A great way to have students review vocabulary words and have fun at the same time. Looks great and laminating the cards gives you a vocabulary center to use again and again! Thanks!
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On  November 12, 2009,  Buyer said:
I love this activity! My students do too. It is very challenging for them, they love competing against other students. I also time them and see which table can complete it the fastest.
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On  September 15, 2009,  Buyer said:
Thanks for this download! My students loved the puzzles.
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On  August 29, 2009,  Buyer said:
This is AWESOME. It was easy to replace my words with the existing words. The puzzles can be printed out on colored paper, laminated, and reused.
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On  February 1, 2009Mark Aaron (TpT Seller) said:
Thanks for this great download.
On  February 1, 2009TeacherMichelle answered:
Thank you for downloading my puzzle. My students love it--I hope yours do, too. Let me know if you have any problems with it! michelle.jolley@rsd.edu
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On  August 22, 2006,  William H. said:
Thanks, I will be able to use this for so many things!
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On  February 20, 2012,  Buyer asked:
This seems to be really hard. How long does it take a student to do this?
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On  February 20, 2012TeacherMichelle answered:
It takes some students longer than others. My high school students can do the 40-word version in 5-10 minutes.
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On  September 8, 2010,  Buyer asked:
I would like to be able to customize. Was I supposed to by a different version that is not protected?
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On  September 8, 2010TeacherMichelle answered:
You should be able to put your own vocabulary in the list and the puzzles will automatically update. Do you need to customize something else about the puzzle? I can send you an unprotected version if you like. Email me at Michelle.Jolley@rsd.edu
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On  March 28, 2010,  Luanne G. asked:
How do the students play the game? Luanne
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On  March 28, 2010,  Luanne G. asked:
How do the students play the Vocabulary Matching puzzle. I've looked at it, but I am confused. It appears that one side matches the definition, but what do the students do?
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On  April 12, 2010TeacherMichelle answered:
Print out a puzzle and then cut it up. Shuffle the pieces and allow students to put them back together, matching words to their definitions. It's fun to time them as they compete against one another or against a previous "personal best" time.
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On  March 25, 2010,  Buyer asked:
I've been looking for a Vocab Matching/ Jigsaw program for years! I'm attempting to get my first puzzle up and running, but I can't seem to customize it so that the font is smaller to fit in the squares or increase the box size to fit the item. Is this possible? Also, I can't seem to get an error in a few boxes to go away "#REF!". Is there something I am missing?
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On  March 26, 2010TeacherMichelle answered:
If you send me your email address i'd be happy to help you customize the puzzle to work just the way you want it to.
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On  April 26, 2009,  Buyer asked:
The free preview is in English yet I received the game in Spanish. How do I get the English version? Thank you! Jennifer
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On  April 26, 2009TeacherMichelle answered:
Hi, Jenadia.

Whatever vocabulary you type in the vocabulary list will show up in the puzzles. Just replace the Spanish words with words from your list, and each of the different puzzles will update itself. You will need at least 18 words for the smallest puzzle, 32 for the medium sized one, and 50 for the big one. Please let me know if you have any trouble! I am committed to providing quality products and customer service! michelle.jolley@rsd.edu
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