This is a crossword puzzle where all of the answers are English verbs. The verbs are in various forms such as their base, gerund, simple past, or past participle form. None of the verbs are repeated (except for one exception of the verb “be”). The questions/clues are example sentences where the verb is used. For example: “Have you ever ___ the subway before?” (answer: taken) or “I prefer to write with a pencil so that I can ___ any errors that I make” (answer: erase). There are 37 questions going across and 41 questions going down for a total of 78 questions (77 different verbs because “Be” is repeated once).
I teach ESL classes and I sometimes give this activity to my students so that they can practice their verb forms but also to learn many new verbs. Most of the verbs are common/easy, but there are also several verbs that might not be so common to an ESL student. With this activity, I encourage my students to use the internet, a dictionary, and a thesaurus so that they can learn new verbs. I also recommend using the website www.verbs1.com because on that website you can see lists of verbs that start with a certain letter or finish with a certain letter which will ultimately help them with this crossword puzzle.
This crossword puzzle is probably a little challenging for many students but I wanted it to be challenging so that the students learn more vocabulary verbs and force them to research their definitions. I normally help my students along the way and tell them if a verb is correct or not after they write it. Because of the amount of verbs and level of difficulty, I normally put my students into small groups to do this activity. It is something that they probably wouldn’t finish in one class sitting, but rather work on over several class periods.
This purchase includes the original crossword that I created in Excel along with its questions and answers, but I’ve also included a PDF version as well. There is one PDF page just for the crossword puzzle, one PDF page for the questions, and one PDF page for the questions and answers (for the teacher).
Thank you for viewing and please let me know if you have any questions or comments and I’d be more than happy to help you.