I don't know what it is about word searches.... but first graders think they are the coolest thing!! I have created a spelling word search for each week of the Superkids Reading Program. I included helpers for the first 2 words to get them started!
I found it really helpful to put a copy under the document camera and explicitly show my students how to find words. We did many together before I made this a word work center option!
I have also included answer pages!
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