Digital and Printable New Year's Day Word Search & Crossword Puzzles

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Here are 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle that give your students a fun way to learn about New Year’s Day. All the puzzles use 20 words related to this festive January holiday. Please see below for a list of the words. Printable and digital versions of each puzzle are included.

✓ Please note:

* This resource is also available in a money-saving bundle that includes 4 other word search & crossword puzzle resources about American holidays. You can find the bundle HERE.

* You can also find this resource in another bundle of word search & crossword puzzles for holidays throughout the year; it's available HERE.

Resource at a Glance:

What will students learn?

* 20 vocabulary words related to the holiday.

Who is it for?

* English Language Learners who are not familiar with how New Year’s is celebrated in the U.S.

* All students who are learning about New Year's celebrations around the world.

How does it help teachers?

* Use it to introduce lessons about New Year’s Day or to extend learning after teaching about the holiday.

* Puzzles can be used with early finishers, in centers, as fillers when you have a little extra time available, and for homework.

* Printable and digital versions mean it can be used both with in-person classes and distance teaching.

* The digital version lets students practice 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 puzzles. In addition, there is a word bank for the crossword puzzle for students who need additional support.

Here are some suggestions for using this resource:

★ 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.

Both Printable and Google Drive™ versions are provided for all the 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.

The words used in the New Year's Day puzzles are: Auld Lang Syne, Baby, Balloons, Champagne, Confetti, Dance, Eve, Fireworks, Floats, football, January, Kiss, Midnight, Parade, Party, Resolution, Rose Bowl, Television, Times Square, Toast.

You can use this New Year's 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 about the traditions of New Year’s Day with this resource!


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Martin Luther King Day Word Search & Crossword Puzzles: Print & Paperless Versions

Chinese New Year Word Search Puzzles about the Chinese Zodiac

Valentine’s Day Word Search & Crossword Puzzles Print & Paperless Versions

Presidents Day Word Search & Crossword Puzzles: Print & Paperless Versions


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18 PDF Pages & 14 Google Slides
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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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