This pack is a preview of a bigger resource pack we are currently making for the Words Their Way spelling program. We love this spelling program because of the focus on word sorts by spelling pattern and the deeper thinking and understanding it encourages of particular spelling patterns. If you are interested in finding out about this spelling program, a link to the product details can be found here - http://www.pearson.com.au/educator/primary/browse-resources-online/english/words-their-way/
We found that once students reach the Derivational Relations stage (blue book, published in 2009), they are using more sophisticated vocabulary and it is important to know what these words mean, along with how to spell them. We struggled to find resources that helped word meaning understanding for Words Their Way, so we created this crossword pack. In addition, students have a word search activity, which they can use for a spelling activity another day.
When creating the crosswords we found that it was hard to fit all 24 words into one crossword, so instead we split each spelling sort up into sort a and sort b. So for example, in the attached pack, we have arranged the 24 spelling words for sort 26, into sort 26a (first 12 words) and sort 26b (second 12 words), so that all 24 spelling words are covered in the two crosswords.
How we use these in the classroom: we find these packs work well for literacy rotations. Often we used a timer to see how many words could be found in 10 minutes and then students spend another 5-10 minutes after this sorting the words by spelling pattern in their spelling books (especially as spelling sorts are such a key component for Words Their Way). Students really enjoyed the challenge and competitive element of seeing how many words could be found and sorted in a set time period. Early finishers could move on to crossword b, once they waited for others to finish crossword a.
We hope you enjoy using this pack and we plan to offer this activity for the whole Derivational Relations spelling stage and other Words Their Way spelling stages.
Please contact us if you have any queries: email@example.com
We also need to give credit to the Technology Integration Depot for their word search and crossword maker. We have struggled to find websites that would generate crosswords without errors but their product works great. Here is the link to the product if you are interested in purchasing it - https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Crossword-Puzzle-Word-Search-Combo-1053294
We also found this website to be good for creating word searches -http://www.senteacher.org/worksheet/1/Free-Custom-WordSearch-Creator.html