This word search has 18 words in only 4 directions and is appropriate for use in elementary and middle school, as well as homeschooling. An answer key is provided. Word searches are excellent activities for students who finish their work more quickly than other students. They also can be used as extra credit or bonus work by those teachers who wish to use them that way or even as a way to celebrate a particular holiday. But let us not overlook, in addition, the educational merits of word searches. Shorter words are more difficult to find and useful in the development of fine motor skills and visual acuity. More challenging words can be used to increase vocabulary and as a springboard for other activities, such as writing stories or poems. Word searches also strengthen spelling ability.