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Alien Welcome Team: Neptune is fully editable. All fonts used in this collection of puzzles are linked and are freely available to you, so you can download them and use them in your edits. Everything we create is no-prep and ready to go!
Keep your students engaged and thinking creatively! These 'lateral thinking' bell ringers are perfect for those last few minutes of class time, or for starting the class period with some unusual verbal challenges. Perfect for busy teachers!
This resource contains four puzzles that will help your students think both analytically and creatively as they try to figure out the rule that determines what each alien likes or doesn't like. You can print these out as individual worksheets for your early finishers; split your students into pairs or small groups to work on together; or display them for the entire class on a smart board or overhead projector. These puzzles are great for generating discussion and debate, so they work just as well for a group activity as for an individual.
Alien Welcome Team #1: Wozioilox only likes words that contain exactly two I's separated by a single letter.
Alien Welcome Team #2: Picleazuput only likes words that contain the letters C, A, and T in order.
Alien Welcome Team #3: Spuzzlee only likes words that form other words when you remove the first and last letters.
Alien Welcome Team #4: Retsnom only likes emordnilaps - words that form other words backwards.
This is the black and white version of this resource, which is designed for ease of printing individual worksheets. If you want a color version to display on a projector or to print and laminate for repeated use, please check out our color version, or the bundle that includes both versions.
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Who is Puzzlemonster?
We are a husband and wife team of puzzle nerds and game developers - not teachers, but puzzle and game specialists. All of our puzzles are tested in real life before we launch them on TpT. We not only test for accuracy, we also test for solvability, fun, and that "x factor" that makes a puzzle into an enhanced gamelike experience.
Eric has invented puzzles his entire life and has a fun website dedicated to puzzles and puzzle games. He has shared his best puzzles only by email in recent years. Eric has a degree in English, an advanced degree in Artificial Intelligence, and is an Application Developer / Data Analyst for a school district in Oregon.
Friday is a maker-developer and helps bring Eric's puzzles to the world outside of his email list of puzzle nerds and writes stuff like what you are reading now. You can find her in the TpT forums and on social media - visit with her (me) on Twitter!