Your students are sure to enjoy this fun Christmas crossword puzzle. This pack comes with a crossword puzzle, answer key, and a word list.
There are fun themed patterned pictures of candy canes for students to color if you need to give them some down time.
What does research show about crossword puzzles?
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. 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 crossword puzzles 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 Christmas crossword 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. For students in third or fourth grades, I probably wouldn't provide a 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?
✱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. :-)
A few of the sentences on the puzzle are:
- Santa's helpers are called _____. (elves)
- People go ____ to look for holiday gifts. (shopping)
What words are included on the word bank for this Christmas crossword puzzle?
- North Pole
- Santa Claus
There is also a place for students to write items on their Christmas list. This is fun for students to share.
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 :-)