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These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle give your students an engaging way to supplement their learning about Thanksgiving. All the puzzles use the same 20 words related to this American holiday. Please see below for a list of the words. Both Print and Google Drive™ versions are provided for all the puzzles.
✓ Please note:
A Boom Learning℠ resource using the same vocabulary words is available HERE.
Resource at a Glance:
20 vocabulary words related to the holiday.
All students but especially English Language Learners who are not familiar with the holiday.
Use it to introduce lessons about the holiday or to extend learning after teaching about the holiday; puzzles can be used for homework, in centers, as fillers, and for early finishers; printable and digital versions mean it can be used both with in-person classes and distance teaching; the digital version lets students practice some technology skills.
What educators who have used this resource say about it:
♥ “This was a good holiday resource to use before Thanksgiving break for middle level students.” — Marisa B.
♥ "Thank you for the engaging puzzles for my class in between testing. The sheets are so festive and my students were really excited to complete the task!" -- Latoya F.
♥ “My students enjoyed the fun activities.” — Debra C.
♥ “This was a great Thanksgiving themed activity that my students could use when they were finished with other work.” — Jackie B.
The word searches are available at 3 levels of difficulty, based on the direction the words are written in the puzzle, so they can meet the needs of all your students, including English Language Learners. Answer keys are provided for all the puzzles. In addition, there is a word bank for the crossword puzzle for students who need additional support.
The PDF file includes teacher notes, instructions for accessing the online materials, instructions for completing the puzzles as well as all the word searches and the crossword puzzle with their answer keys and word bank. The Google Drive™ materials include directions for using the materials, the word search puzzles and the crossword puzzle, the word bank, and the answer keys for the puzzles.
The words used in the puzzles are: Colonists, Corn, Cranberry, English, Family, Gravy, Harvest, Indians, Massachusetts, Native Americans, November, Pie, Pilgrims, Pumpkin, Settlers, Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes, Thanksgiving, Turkey, Wampanoag.
Here are some additional ways you can use the vocabulary words in this resource:
★ For words that may be new, you can have your students find their definitions and use those words in sentences.
★ Students can also draw pictures that illustrate the words to show their understanding.
★ More proficient students can write paragraphs that include some of the words.
★ Extend your students’ learning by having them record their sentences online, for speaking and technology practice.
★ Extend your students’ learning by asking them to write or create presentations about things they are thankful for.
You can use this resource remotely in 2 ways:
a) When teaching synchronously or asynchronously online, use the Google Drive version.
b) For students to do on their own: Photocopy the puzzle(s) you want your students to do and the appropriate answer key (if you want students to correct their work themselves) and email/send the material home. Alternatively, if students have printers, email the puzzle(s) to them and tell them to print the work out themselves. Tell students what to do and have them email/send you their work when they’ve completed the puzzle(s). Use the rubric to correct the work if you prefer doing that yourself.
Help your students understand the meaning of Thanksgiving with this resource!
What you get in this product:
★ A list of materials in the PDF and Google Drive™ files (1 page)
★ Notes to the Teacher (explanatory information for teachers) (1 page)
★ Instructions for accessing the Google Drive™ materials (1 page)
★ Instructions for doing the online versions of the puzzles (3 pages)
★ 3 word search puzzles with answer keys (6 pages)
★ Word bank for the crossword puzzle (1 page)
★ 1 crossword puzzle with answer key (2 pages)
★ Copyright, related products, social media, and credits information (1 page)
★ Cover page (1 page)
★ Instructions for doing the online versions of the puzzles (3 slides)
★ 3 word search puzzles with answer keys (6 slides)
★ Word bank for the crossword puzzle (1 slide)
★ 1 crossword puzzle with answer key (2 slides)
★ Cover page (1 page)
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