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This 3x3 vocabulary grid is a terrific manipulative for getting students to interact with vocabulary. Students match 18 vocabulary terms with their definitions. The definitions wrap at the edges (left to right and top to bottom). I give the students the center square to start. A 9 character message can be hidden in the center of the 9 squares which are cut up into 9 pieces. It is very easy to CHECK the answers using the hidden message in the middle of the squares. "Solutions" is a 9 letter phrase that can be used, for example, as the answer to "Why do chemists make good problem solvers? Chemists know all the _________" Students can then copy the vocab words and their definitions to an answer sheet (A FREE product in my teacher store). Can be done individually or in groups of 2-3.
I draw my message by hand in the uncut printout then photocopy as many as I need to cut up. The original uncut page is the answer key.
I keep the puzzle squares in plastic baggies (or paper clips if baggies are not AVAILABLE.)
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