The Christmas holiday is right around the corner. Are you looking for a fun reading activity for the month of December? How about using this "All About Candy Canes and Christmas Cards" themed informational fact find. Your students will enjoy this fun 'fact find' style word search! If your students are like mine, they love these puzzles. Many of the facts are about the United States, so keep that in mind if purchasing. :-)
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Keep the challenge level in mind when deciding if this Christmas 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.
This Christmas activity is perfect to use any time during the month. Please see the list below as to what terms this sheet covers.
This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words to find. It includes fun facts about candy canes and Christmas cards. 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, "Original candy canes were straight, but today they are curved on the top like a walking cane. You can still buy straight ones, but they are called peppermint sticks." The word underlined in the sentence is "curved", and that is the word they will find.
I use word searches to introduce vocabulary, or even just give it as morning work to introduce the topic of the day. 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 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. No matter when or how you use it, kids are sure to enjoy reading the fun facts about candy canes and Christmas cards. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
The candy cane and Christmas card themed words included in the word search are:
**Please note that there are other facts in history for candy canes and Christmas cards, but these are the ones included on the search.
peppermint (classic flavor)
curved (used to be straight)
hundreds (hundreds of years)
red stripes (used to be white)
flavors (now available in many)
hung (on Christmas trees and used for decorations)
Candy Cane Day (National)
two billion (sold between late Nov. and December)
sugar (main ingredient)
fifty-one feet (tallest)
Englishman (designed first Christmas card)
wealthy (to afford to send cards)
Hallmark (biggest card company)
holiday (spend an average of $64 on cards and wrap)
boxed (most buy boxed sets)
White House (sends over a million cards)
Merry Christmas (most popular greeting)
greeting (cards - 60% are for Christmas)
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March and Spring
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Cinco de Mayo
Back to School
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