: Are you looking for a fun reading activity to use when studying Jamestown? Maybe you want something to use to review before a unit or state test....it's perfect for test prep to cover main details. How about incorporating this themed informational "fact find" about Jamestown 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' Jamestown 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, this is probably more suitable for fourth grade and above.
Please see the list below as to what terms/words this sheet covers
This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words to find. It includes facts about Jamestown. 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 is "Captain John Smith, one of the settlers and a former soldier, took control of the colony and helped turn it around. He said that if the men didn’t work, they wouldn’t eat. Due to a gunpowder injury, he left Jamestown in 1609 and returned to England." The name "John Smith" is 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 Jamestown. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
**Please note that there are many other facts that could have been included, but I included some of the most important details about Jamestown that we study in the 4th grade.
The words students will find in this Jamestown fact find word search are:
settlement (first permanent)
Jamestown (named for King James I)
Virginia Company (of London)
Gold and fortune (settlers were looking for this, among other things)
James River (pros and cons of the location)
starvation and disease (two things that caused deaths)
failure (of Jamestown for various reasons)
John Smith (role in helping save Jamestown)
John Rolfe (tobacco harvesting)
tobacco (role in success of Jamestown)
indentured (servants) and slavery introduced
Burgesses (House of, first democratically elected representatives)
Williamsburg (became colonial capital after Jamestown)
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