: Are you looking for a fun reading activity to use when studying 8 famous people (see list below) who played a leadership role in the early colonies? Maybe you want something to use to review before a unit or state test....it's perfect for test prep to cover main details. How about incorporating this themed informational "fact find" about colonial leaders into your studies! Your students will enjoy this fun 'fact find' style word search! If your students are like mine, they love these puzzles.
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Keep the challenge level in mind when deciding if this 'all about' 8 Colonial Leaders 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. Because of some of the vocabulary, this is probably more suitable for fourth grade and above.
Please see the list below as to what terms/words this sheet covers
If you use my interactive social studies notebooks, these are great to fold in half and glue into the notebooks, OR you can have them cut off the written part below the divider line and glue that part in the notebooks. It's a great way to have a short version of important facts for review later in the year.
This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words to find. It includes facts about the colonial leaders. 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 of the people is Pocahontas. Her description of facts says: "Pocahontas - A Native American woman who was the daughter of Chief Powhatan. Legend says she saved John Smith’s life when he was captured by her father. She sometimes took food to the starving settlers at Jamestown. She married John Rolfe, an English setter to Jamestown. Their marriage helped relationships between the Jamestown settlers and Native Americans. She died from smallpox disease at 22." The words "Pocahontas" and "Native American" are underlined, and those are the words they will find in the puzzle.
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 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 colonial leaders. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
**Please note that there are several other people that I could have included for their leadership roles, but I chose only 8 for this fact find.
The people and words students will find in this Colonial Leaders fact find word search are:
Smith, Jamestown (John Smith)
Pocahontas, Native American
Rolfe, Tobacco (John Rolfe)
Powhatan, war and peace, chief
Winthrop, Massachusetts Bay (John Winthrop)
Williams, Rhode Island, Puritan (Roger Williams)
Hutchinson, spoke out, banned (Anne Hutchinson)
Penn, Quaker, Pennsylvania (William Penn)
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