This puzzle is a great activity to review vocabulary. This activity is suitable for all age groups in any classroom subject that learns/reviews vocabulary - a perfect activity to practice any foreign language vocabulary, latin root words, etc.
The vocabulary words in the template are linked to cells outside of the puzzle, so it is very quick to create a review puzzle. For example, you simply enter a Spanish vocabulary word in cell 1 and the English definition in cell 2. The puzzle is then accurately updated with the pair of words. You also have the options to differentiate this activity to make an easier puzzle and a more difficult puzzle. To have an easier puzzle, you can have no words around the border so students know which pieces are edge pieces. A more difficult puzzle has words (without pairs) around the border.
Good news! If you and your students like this activity, try the square puzzle template as well - same puzzle activity with a different format!
NOTE: This activity was created using Excel 2008 for Mac.