: Are you looking for a fun reading activity to use when studying George Washington (see below for a list of topics included)? How about an activity for Presidents' Day? Maybe you want something to use to review before a unit or state test....it's perfect for test prep to cover main details about his life and his role in historical events. How about incorporating this themed informational "fact find" about George Washington into your studies! Your students will enjoy this fun 'fact find' style word search! If your students are like mine, they love these puzzles.
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Keep the challenge level in mind when deciding if this 'all about' George Washington fact find will work for your class. Words are found forward, backward, up, down, and diagonal. I would consider it on the challenging side since students are looking for words in all directions. Because of some of the vocabulary and the nature of the historical events, this is probably more suitable for fourth grade and above. It covers many of the topics (not all) related to George Washington that we study in 4th grade here in Georgia.
Please see the list below as to what terms/words this sheet covers
If you use my interactive social studies notebooks, these are great to fold in half and glue into the notebooks, OR you can have them cut off the written part below the divider line and glue that part in the notebooks. It's a great way to have a short version of important facts for review later in the year.
This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words to find. It includes facts about George Washington. The format uses bullet marks, which can help your students remember the information. Within each fact, a word (or words) is underlined. Those are the words the students will find in the puzzle.
For example, one of the facts says: "At the age of 23, he joined the Virginia militia. He was a leader in the French and Indian War in which the Americans and British drove the French out of the Ohio River Valley." The words "Ohio River Valley" are underlined, and those are the words they will find in the puzzle.
I use word searches to introduce vocabulary, or even just give it as morning work to introduce the topic of the day. Perfect for a sub, too.
There are many options for using this word search 'fact find'. One option is to have students partner up and practice fluency. They can take turns reading the sentences. This can be used for a writing activity. Have them take the facts from the puzzle and turn them into a paragraph, changing out some of the words to make it their own. Parents can work with their child to find the words.They can even fold it in half and glue it into an interactive notebook for future reference when they lack a writing topic. It's great for triggering ideas. No matter when or how you use it, kids are sure to enjoy reading the fun facts about winter and snow. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
The words on this fact find related to the life of George Washington are as follows:
Virginia (born there)
Lawrence (brother who helped raise him after father died)
Surveyor (he did this for a job as a teen)
Mount Vernon (inherited from brother when he died)
Ohio River Valley (fought there during French and Indian War)
Martha (married, no kids, but stepfather)
King George III (British rule, colonists wanted to break away)
Congress (First and Second Continental Congress)
Army (Continental Army, leader)
Independence (declared in 1776)
outnumbered (by the British Army, also supplies and training)
Valley Forge (winter of 1777-78)
Yorktown (surrender of British)
Treaty of Paris (independence granted)
Constitution (helped write, supreme law of land)
first President (of US, served two terms)
John Adams (vice president under Washington)
Cold (died from complications)
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December and Christmas
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Candy Canes and Christmas Cards
New Year's and January
Winter and Snow
Martin Luther King, Jr.
100th Day of School
Nonfiction Text Features
Black History Month
St. Patrick's Day
March and Spring
Pie in America (incorporate into Pi Day)
Cinco de Mayo
Back to School
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