NOTE: These puzzles are suitable for on- or above-level readers but can be easily adapted for challenged readers by allowing extra time, providing letter hints, or placing students in pairs. For all students, I recommend they use a thesaurus rather than a dictionary.
Puzzle #1—Pages 1-37
If...Then puzzle—very unique!
Students rearrange “tiles” to form the answers. Requires students to use their knowledge of the story as well as their knowledge of theme, spelling, phonics, vocabulary, and language!
If Leigh tells Mr. Henshaw that it is URGENT that he answer Leigh's letter, then
ANSWER: Leigh wants him to do it right away.
Puzzle #2—Pages 38-90
Crossword puzzle—Students provide synonyms or supply in the word that is missing from the definition.
LONER: one who doesn't have many _____
Puzzle #3—Pages 91-134
Analogy puzzle—Students complete synonym analogies containing a vocabulary word.
6. Noisy : loud :: CAUTIOUS : _____ (careful)
8. NUISANCE : pest :: pal : _____ (friend)
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Two-word phrases from the story are blended into one “word.” Students decipher the phrases. Harder than it sounds, but a good spelling workout!
• DEAR MR. HENSHAW: 3 Vocabulary Puzzles—Each One Unique!
Puzzle #1 (pp. 1-37) requires students to rearrange tiles which contain three or four letters to answer an if/then question. Puzzle #2 (pp. 38-90) requires students to provide synonyms or words to fill in the blank of a definition. Puzzle #3 (pp. 91-134) presents students with analogies, each of which contains a vocabulary word. Good extra credit activity!
• DEAR MR. HENSHAW: 10 Quotefall Puzzles—Great Spelling Workout!
Each quotefall is a quotation from the story. Students form individual words of the quotation by transferring letters from above the double line of the puzzle grid to squares in the columns directly below. Quotefalls can be challenging, but students love working them—and they’re great spelling workouts!
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