Your students are sure to enjoy this fun back to school crossword puzzle. This resource comes with a crossword puzzle, answer key, and a word list. Please read below to get all the details about this back to school activity.
Research shows the use of crosswords can build verbal skills, as well as build mental sharpness. Working collaboratively with others to solve the puzzles can offer a time of teamwork, a time of building a classroom community, and allow students to learn from others. **For back to school, this is a fun way to get your students talking to each other. ** If you've ever given your students a puzzle, you know they instantly want to start sharing and discussing, which can be an extra bonus. They are perfect for social bonding in your classroom. With that said though, they are also perfect to use as a quiet individual activity. We all need those at times. :-)
In addition to the above benefits, students are also working on vocabulary, spelling, reasoning, context use, and word attack skills. Students need to evaluate choices and draw conclusions. On top of all that.... they are FUN!
NOTE*** To give my word searches a different look, I have used a black fill as the background. Please be aware of this before buying. It might take a tad extra ink when you print the initial one out, but I liked the look and I hope you do too.**
The puzzle comes with a separate word list if you want to give it to students when solving the crossword. The word list prints 3 to a page. This might be something you want to consider for 2nd graders. Consider your students' ability levels when deciding whether or not you want to give them a word list.
It also comes with a fun themed image that students can color if they have extra time. Coloring offers a stress-free time to wind down.
How might you use crossword puzzles in the classroom?
✱Have it on your students' desks the first day of school (This particular puzzle).
✱A literacy center
✱Last minute sub activity or leave as extra work for a sub
✱English as second language vocabulary review
✱Use the words from the word list in a sentence, using the words in context.
✱Early Finishers - Finished early with work activity
✱Quiet morning work activity for students on the day of the holiday or the day you are introducing the topic shown on the word search.
✱Use the words from the word list to summarize what they have learned about the topic
✱Write a fun fiction story using the word list
✱Indoor recess on a rainy day
✱Homework as a family activity
✱the list goes on and on for ways to incorporate the crossword, as well as the word list into the puzzle.
✓BEFORE you buy...Please take time to read the words used in the puzzle. This will give you a better idea of whether it will work for you and your students. Don't hesitate to ask me any questions before you you buy. I want you to be happy with your purchase. :-)
****In this puzzle, students fill in the blanks. Each sentence is a fill in the blank for with clues for a back to school vocabulary word. For example, one clue says: You log into a _______ to do internet research. Students will fill in "computer". Another one says: To get a pointy pencil, you need to ______ it. Students will fill in "sharpen".****
The words used in this Back to School crossword puzzle are:
*It also poses the question: What are you most excited about this school year. There are writing lines for students to write a brief answer.
For more creative lesson ideas, click on 'elementary lesson plans' by my picture above.
**Please....if you ever notice any mistakes, just send me a quick message. I appreciate you allowing me the opportunity to correct things before you rate the product. I can get things corrected in a jiffy, and you can redownload. This might include things like leaving a word out by accident, spelling something incorrectly due to a typo, etc. This rarely happens but just in case, I appreciate you giving me then chance to get it corrected for you. Thank you :-)
3: 1 crossword, 1 answer key, 1 word list