These puzzles are intended to reinforce what you have taught your students on the subject of living things in our ecosystems and the interaction between them. You can use them as a test, as homework, or as an in-class activity. Here is what you will find in this group of puzzles:
1) A crossword puzzle with terms and definitions of living things found in our ecosystem. The same puzzle is presented twice – once with color clipart and once with blackline clipart. In addition, I am offering you this puzzle in two different levels of difficulty. The more difficult one shows only the clues/definitions. For example, the clue might be “An animal that eats plants” and the answer is “herbivore.” The second, less difficult puzzle shows the same clues/definitions. However it also shows the answer list for your students who need some help. Eleven words are included in the puzzles: carnivore, consumer, decomposer, energy pyramid, food chain, food web, herbivore, omnivore, predator, prey, and producer. The answer grid is included. There are five pages in this section. So to recap, there are five pages in this section – one that shows the clues/definitions only and in color clipart, one that shows the clues/definitions as well as the answer list and in color clipart, one that shows the clues/definitions only and in blackline clipart, one that shows the clues/definitions as well as the answer list and in blackline clipart, and the answer grid.
2) A Word Search puzzle that includes the eleven words shown above. All of the words read either across or down. I have avoided any diagonal words. I have again included two versions of this puzzle – one with color clipart and one with blackline clipart. So there are three pages in this section – the Word Search puzzle with color clipart, the same Word Search puzzle with blackline clipart, and the answer grid.
3) A series of three questions to test the students’ knowledge of producers, the energy pyramid (includes clipart), and animals’ defense mechanisms. Since one of the questions includes clipart, I have included two versions of this section – one with color clipart, and one with blackline clipart. There are three pages in this section – one with just the questions and using color clipart, one with just the questions and using blackline clipart, and one with the answers.
4) A series of 17 True/False questions. You can see some of these questions in the thumbnail above. This section has two pages – one with the true/false questions, and one with the answers and explanations.
In total, there are thirteen pages, including the four answer pages.
I hope these puzzles are of value in your teaching efforts. If you have any thoughts or questions, please send me a note. I thank you for your consideration.