Check out this awesome winter literacy center game. Your first and second grade students will be able to complete the compound words puzzle as a fun winter activity. This resource makes it quick and easy for teachers to provide hands on activities that meet the needs of all students!
Let your students practice their compound words with this fun winter Magic Square Puzzle!
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There is one puzzle available, but you can choose to print it in two different formats. One format has no words around the outside, and the other puzzle contains the same words on the outside that are included in the puzzle. Choose the option that works best for your students or print them both to differentiate and challenge your students!
Words included in this puzzle are snowman, earmuffs, peppermint, snowbank, snowflake, pinecone, reindeer, iceberg, fireplace, snowball, gingerbread, and evergreen.
Preparation and Storage:
You will need to print off the number of copies you need. (I recommend printing them on cardstock and laminating them.) I have used these as individual work, partner work, and small group work. They also work well for students who finish early or for use during center time. Cut the magic squares out and put them into plastic baggies for students’ use. I put each set in its own plastic baggie. Then I put all of these baggies and one original sheet in a manila envelope with the name of the activity on the front. This way I have the answer key and all materials readily available.
Directions to Play:
Give students the cut-up magic square sheet. Tell them they need to put the square back together. The first time you have the students complete one of these, I suggest drawing out a 3x3 square on the board so they understand what it should look like. You can also give them the hint (because I have found some do not figure this out!) that the pictures will all be facing the correct direction (if you choose to give them the puzzle with the graphics).
Correcting Student Work:
To easily check a student’s completed work, keep an original copy of the magic square sheet they are working on. This way you can immediately check to see if the graphics are in the correct order or not.
Still not sure how Magic Squares work? Check out this blog post! (There are also great ideas for remediation and extension at the post as well!)
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Magic Square Puzzles are great for centers, review, early and fast finishers, enrichment, GATE (gifted and talented education), and critical thinking skills. Students with special needs also do well with these once they understand the concept. Any student that needs a lesson in perseverance will benefit from Magic Square Puzzles. With this fun game format your students will stay engaged while practicing necessary skills!
Just print and quickly cut on the lines and you have an instant winter literacy center game that makes skill practice fun and engaging. HoJoSnow HoJoWint
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Other Winter Resources
Winter Literacy Centers: Antonyms Snowman Puzzle - Differentiated Options
Winter Literacy Centers: Compound Words Snowman Puzzles - Differentiated Options
Winter Literacy Centers: Contractions - Differentiated Options
Winter Literacy Centers: Irregular Plural Nouns Snowman Puzzle - Differentiated
Winter Literacy Centers: Irregular Verbs Snowman Puzzles - Differentiated
Winter Literacy Centers: Synonyms Snowman Puzzle - Differentiated Options