Digital and Printable Independence Day Word Search & Crossword Puzzles

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5th - 8th
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Celebrate the national holiday of the United States with the 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle in this Independence Day resource. All the puzzles use 20 words related to the July 4th holiday. Please see below for a list of the terms.

✓ Please note:

★ Some of the words used in these puzzles are also used in other resources in this product line: New Year’s Day (2 words), Presidents Day (2 words), Memorial Day (5 words), Flag Day (2 words), and Veterans Day (2 words). When you use these resources as well, you'll reinforce your students’ learning!

Resource at a Glance:

What will students learn?

* 20 vocabulary words related to Independence Day.

Who is it for?

* English Language Learners who are not familiar with how July 4th is celebrated in the U.S.

* All students who are learning about national day celebrations around the world.

How does it help teachers?

* Use when teaching about Independence Day or to extend learning after teaching about July 4th.

* Use the puzzles with early finishers, in centers, as fillers when if have some extra time available, and for homework.

* Printable and digital versions enable you to use it in both in-person classes and for distance teaching.

* The digital version gives students practice using some technology skills.


What you get in this product:

In the PDF file:

★ A list of materials in the PDF and Google Drive™ files (1 page)

Notes to the Teacher (explanatory information for teachers) (1 page)

★ Instructions for accessing the Google Drive™ materials (1 page)

★ Instructions for doing the online versions of the puzzles (4 pages)

★ 3 word search puzzles with answer keys (6 pages)

★ Word bank for the crossword puzzle (1 page)

★ 1 crossword puzzle with answer key (2 pages)

★ Copyright, related products, social media, and credits information (1 page)

★ Cover page (1 page)

In the Google Drive™ materials:

★ Instructions for doing the online versions of the puzzles (4 slides)

★ 3 word search puzzles with answer keys (6 slides)

★ Word bank for the crossword puzzle (1 slide)

★ 1 crossword puzzle with answer key (2 slides)

★ Cover page (1 slide)

More Info:

The word searches are available at 3 levels of difficulty, based on the direction the words are written in the puzzle, so they can meet the needs of all your students, including English Language Learners. Answer keys are provided for all the Independence Day puzzles. In addition, there is a word bank for the crossword puzzle for students who need additional support.

The terms used in these holiday puzzles are: America, Bunting, Colonies, Commemorate, Concert, Declaration, England, Fireworks, Flag, Fourth, Freedom, Independence, July, King, Liberty, Parade, Philadelphia, Picnic, Sparkler, War.

Both Print and Google Drive™ versions are provided for all the Independence Day puzzles. The PDF file includes teacher notes, instructions for accessing the online materials, instructions for completing the puzzles as well as all the word searches and the crossword puzzle with their answer keys. The Google Drive™ materials include directions for using the materials, the word search puzzles and the crossword puzzle, and the answer keys for the puzzles.

Here are some suggestions for using this resource about July 4th:

★ For words that may be new, you can have your students find their definitions and use those words in sentences.

★ Students can also draw pictures that illustrate the words to show their understanding.

★ More proficient students can write paragraphs or stories that include some of the words.

★ Extend your students’ learning by having them record their sentences or stories online, for speaking and technology practice.

★ Ask students to write, explain orally, or create posters or multimedia presentations about what freedom, independence, and/or liberty mean to them; they can do this individually, in pairs, or in small groups.

★ If you have students who are immigrants or whose parents immigrated to the U.S. and they are willing to share their customs, ask them to tell the class about their country’s independence day and how it is celebrated.

You can use this Independence Day resource remotely in 2 ways:

a) When teaching synchronously or asynchronously online, use the Google Drive version.

b) For students to do on their own: Photocopy the puzzle(s) you want your students to do and the appropriate answer key (if you want students to correct their work themselves) and email/send the material home. Alternatively, if students have printers, email the puzzle(s) to them and tell them to print the work out themselves. Tell students what to do and have them email/send you their work when they’ve completed the puzzle(s). Use the rubric to correct the work if you prefer doing that yourself.

Help your students learn more about the 4th of July with this Independence Day resource!


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Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.


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