This is perfect for Columbus Day in October or any time you are studying about Columbus.
This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words. It includes facts about Christopher Columbus that your students will enjoy reading. I call it a 'fact find'. Within each fact, a word (or words) is underlined. Those are the words the students will find in the puzzle. For example, one sentences says, "Christopher began to think the trade route would be easier if they sailed west across the Atlantic Ocean." The words 'sailed west' are underlined and those are the words they will find.
In this Christopher Columbus themed word search puzzle, words are found forward, backward, up, down, and diagonal. I would consider it on the challenging side since students are looking for words diagonally and backwards, and because they will practice reading skills.
I use word searches to introduce concepts or vocabulary, or even just give it as morning work. They are also great to use in writing. 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. Use it as a reading homework assignment,too. Parents can work with their child to find the words. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
The Christopher Columbus themed words included in the word search are:
Genor, Italy (born there)
weaving (worked in family weaving shop)
Mediterranean Sea (where first sailed)
money (needed funding)
Spain (Sponsored by King and Queen)
world (larger than he thought)
Indians (what he called the inhabitants)
four trips (total)
claimed land (but found few riches)
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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