: Are you looking for a fun reading activity to use when studying United States Presidents (see below for a list of presidents included)? How about an activity for Presidents' Day that focuses on more than just Washington and Lincoln? How about incorporating this themed informational "fact find" about Presidents into your studies! It has random facts about some of the presidents. 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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Keep the challenge level in mind when deciding if this 'all about' Presidents 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. Because of some of the vocabulary and the nature of the historical events, this is probably more suitable for fourth grade and above.
Please see the list below as to what terms/words this sheet covers
If you use my interactive social studies notebooks, these are great to fold in half and glue into the notebooks, OR you can have them cut off the written part below the divider line and glue that part in the notebooks. It's a great way to have a short version of important facts for review later in the year or to have a list of writing topics.
This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words to find. It includes random facts about some of the presidents. 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 of the facts says: "James Garfield only served 200 days in office in 1881. He was the first President to use a telephone. The White House telephone number was “1”.
"Garfield" is underlined, and that is the word they will find in the puzzle.
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 Presidents. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.
The presidents included on this fact find are as follows:
(A fun fact is given about each of these presidents.)
*"James"as a first name for 6 Presidents
*Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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