Are you looking for a fun back to school reading activity? How about using this themed informational "fact find" word search style puzzle? It's a great way to learn interesting tidbits of information. If your students are like mine, they love these puzzles.
***The facts used in this activity are about the United States.***
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Keep the challenge level in mind when deciding if this "all about back to school" fact find will work for your class. Words are found forward, backward, up, down, and diagonal. I would consider it on the challenging side since students are looking for words in all directions.
Please see the list below as to what terms/words this sheet covers
This is not just any 'ole word search puzzle. It doesn't just include words to find. It includes fun facts about back to school time. They are informational and will allow for discussions. The format uses bullet marks, which can help your students remember the information. Within each fact, a word (or words) is underlined. Those are the words the students will find in the puzzle. For example, one sentence says, "If all of the kids that take a bus each day were taking cars to school instead, there would be an estimated 17 million more cars on the road. " The words 'school' and "cars" are underlined, and those are the words students will find.
I use word searches to introduce vocabulary, or even just give it as morning work to introduce the topic of the day. They might also be used for holidays or seasons. Perfect for a sub, too.
There are many options for using this word search 'fact find'. One option is to have students partner up and practice fluency. They can take turns reading the sentences. This can be used for a writing activity. Have them take the facts about back to school from the puzzle and turn them into a paragraph, changing out some of the words to make it their own. Parents can work with their child to find the words.They can even fold it in half and glue it into an interactive notebook for future reference when they lack a writing topic. It's great for triggering ideas. No matter when or how you use it, kids are sure to enjoy reading the fun facts about back to school. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
The words included in the back to school "Fact Find" word search are:
wealthy (kids used to be the only ones to go to school)
buses (# per day)
yellow (why it was chosen for buses)
crayons (original colors)
pencils (# made per year)
sharpen (approximate times one pencil can be sharpened)
Saturdays (popular day to shop for school)
money (average amount spent for back to school)
teachers (amount they spend on average for classroom)
backpack (weight of average)
erasers (originally made from)
**Remember, facts are included that relate to each word above.**
NOTE: Along with several of the facts, questions are posed. This is a great way to get your students talking the first day or week of school. You could also have them answer the questions in writing. For example, one questions asks, "What items in the classroom do you think your teacher bought with his/her money?"
One of the facts tells how the first erasers were made by using moistened bread rolled in a ball. That might be a fun activity to have prepared for your kids. :-) Let them try it out.
FACT FINDS you will like:
Maps and Globes
December and Christmas
Non-Fiction Text Structure
Candy Canes and Christmas Cards
New Year's and January
Winter and Snow
Martin Luther King, Jr.
100th Day of School
Nonfiction Text Features
Black History Month
St. Patrick's Day
March and Spring
Pie in America (incorporate into Pi Day)
Cinco de Mayo
Back to School
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