: Are you looking for a fun reading activity that has all kinds of fun facts about Pie? How about using it on Pi Day on March 14, but instead of the math 'pi', read about the dessert 'pie' during reading time? Maybe you want to use it during a holiday such as Thanksgiving when pie eating is really popular. Your students will enjoy this fun 'fact find' style word search! If your students are like mine, they love these puzzles.
IMPORTANT: The title of this fact find is "All About American Pie", as the facts are based on American surveys.
I have included two copies of the same word search puzzle. I changed the fun image on the fact find. One is themed for Pi Day in case you want to use it on March 14. The other is just a general picture of a girl holding a pie. (see the thumbnail images above)
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FREE Fact Find Extension Activity List
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Keep the challenge level in mind when deciding if this "all about American Pie" 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. A few of the parts might be difficult for third graders to understand unless further explanation is given, such the term 'coffyn' and reference to the American Revolution.
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 fun facts about pie in America. They are fun and random, but will allow for fun discussions. 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, "Over the years, apple pie has become very much a part of American culture. If something or someone is very American or patriotic, you may hear the person or thing be referred to “as American as apple pie". The word 'American' is underlined, and that is the word students will find. You can also use that phrase as an opportunity to talk about the use of a simile.
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 Pie. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
The words included in the word search are:
meat(most pies used to be filled with this)
handle (making a pie with a bone handle)
coffyn (means 'basket', used to be the name for crust)
sweet fruits (used instead of sugar)
premade (money made from premade pies)
a la mode (meaning)
pecan (top 3 pie choices)
dessert, cake, cookies (choices for desserts - pie is first)
best (who makes the best pies)
whole (percent of people who've eaten a whole pie)
six (average number eaten per year - slices)
American (as American as apple pie)
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For more creative lesson ideas, click on 'elementary lesson plans' by my picture above.