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Puzzle Pizzazz is a fun collection of puzzles and word games to help students improve their spelling and vocabulary while they sharpen their creative thinking skills.
The word games are divided into four main sections:
Section #1 • Word Puzzles
In this section, students are given letters to arrange into words of three of more letters using each letter one time only. No plurals or proper nouns are allowed.
Section #2 • Circle Puzzles
In this section, students start on any circle in the puzzle and move to any adjacent circle to spell words of three or more letters. Each letter must be connected by a line.
Section #3 • Box Puzzles
Puzzles in this third section use a box format. Students move in any direction one box at a time to write words of three or more letters.
Section #4 • Holiday Puzzles
This is a section of puzzles you’ll use and enjoy all year long. There are puzzles for many of the major holidays such as Thanksgiving, President’s Day, Earth Day, Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, Christmas, Hanukkah – all those times you’re especially busy and looking for meaningful activities that are educational and FUN! Students see how many words they can find and write using the names of the holidays.
Of course, a comprehensive answer key is provided with words listed in alphabetical order. It’s impossible to list all the possibilities, so be sure to accept words that aren’t on the answer key that still follow the rules provided for each puzzle.
Suggestions for Use
• Hold team contests to see which team can find the most words in a set amount of time.
• Two heads are better than one, so have students work with a partner and brainstorm finding words together. Award Certificates
are included to present to the winners.
Thanks for visiting Pizzazz Learning.
As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.
Linda Schwartz • Pizzazz Learning
Puzzle Pizzazz by Linda Schwartz © 2017 • Pizzazz Learning
concepts: word puzzles, brainteasers, spelling, vocabulary, creative thinking, early finishers, back-to-school, end-of the year
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