: Are you looking for a fun reading activity for literary elements? How about using this literary elements informational "fact find". 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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FREE Fact Find Extension Activity List
Keep the challenge level in mind when deciding if this literary elements 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.
This literary elements activity is perfect any time of year. It can be used to introduce the elements or to review. Please see the list below as to what terms this sheet covers
. I want you to have a clear understanding in case you think it is too difficult for your class.
There is also a fun mountain image at the top that shops the parts of the plot.
This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words to find. It includes information about what literary elements are and how to determine them in a text. 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 sentence says, "The rising action is the part of the plot where the problem is developed. Suspense starts to build.." The words underlined in the sentence are "rising action" and "problem", and those are the words they will find.
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. They can refer to it when detailing the elements from a text they are reading or you are reading as a class read aloud. Use it as a reading homework assignment,too. 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. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
The literary elements themed words included in the word search are:
respond (through writing and discussion)
main and supporting (characters)
exposition (plot starts)
FACT FINDS you will like:
Maps and Globes
December and Christmas
Non-Fiction Text Structure
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)
Back to School
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