Crossword Puzzle Starts

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Crossword puzzles are great tools for word work, but do your student ever struggle to form them?

This download will provide the differentiated instruction that your students need to be successful.

There are 50 already started crossword puzzle boards that utilize 2 lengthy words as the "backbone" of the puzzle. Oftentimes my students would not have long enough words to build a puzzle! This helps students who are practicing short, high frequency words or pattern words be successful. The lengthy words that I have chosen should be familiar to fourth graders (ex: perpendicular, pollination, parentheses, temperature, etc.).

There is additional scaffolding provided with a "How To" guide for writing clues. **Asking your students to write clues is major Higher Order Thinking!!** The guide will remind students that there is no "right" way for writing a clue. They have many options! Ideas include: writing the definition in your own words, writing a list of synonyms, writing a list of antonyms, and writing a list of examples.

The download is designed for maximum flexibility.
1) You decide the # of words you want each student to complete.
2) You decide what words you want your students to use: high frequency words, spelling list words, word wall words, words from their reading collection, etc.
3) You decide if you want your students to recreate their grid for another student to solve. (**This is a great motivator!!**) I've found that graphing paper is transparent enough to lay over top of the crossword puzzle and trace the boxes. If you do not have graphing paper, your students can tape their crossword puzzle to the window, place a blank page over top, and trace that way.
4) You decide what students need the extra scaffolding. There is a blank template for students whose word list does not warrant two pre-existing words as a starting guide.


In short, this download includes:
- 50 already started crossword puzzle boards
- "How To" guide for forming excellent clues
- A blank crossword puzzle board for those not needing the starting help

Upload the preview to get a closer look!

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