This is a set of five contoured word searches focusing on five different core emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, being empowered, and calmness.
Ideally this activity is intended to accompany a unit about emotional intelligence. It's hard to process a feeling if you haven't identified it. Knowing the names of different feelings will help students identify them and react appropriately.
As a reflection exercise: you can also ask students to differentiate between two words that are highly similar.
The following is a blurb about my word searches in general:
The unique tool I developed to create word searches offers several advantages compared over other similar tools:
1. The non-grid (scattered) design is more engaging for older students. (Younger students are more inclined to appreciate the structure of a traditional matrix word search.)
2. These puzzles provide varying levels of difficulty without spelling words backwards. A word search can be a tool to reinforce both reading and spelling skills, but students aren't practicing reading if they have to trace a word from right-to-left (as many word searches offer). The words in these puzzles flow left-to-right and top-to-bottom to reinforce reading. And to reinforce spelling: several red herrings are sprinkled into the puzzle. For example: if one answer is "cloud" then "cluod" and "clou" may also appear in the puzzle. This prompts students to double-check their assumptions and identify the correct spelling. So these should be sufficiently challenging and more beneficial than simpler word searches.
3. In conventional word search generation tools: all the empty space is filled randomly with a letter A-Z. This means an E, an X and a Q all have a 1/26th chance of showing up. Savvy students will pick up on this, and they'll skim over uncommon letters (like Z and Q) as they look for more useful letters. My puzzles instead distribute letters based on their representation in the answer key. Students will still skim over the puzzle looking for shortcuts, but they'll need to focus on letter patterns instead of individual letters -- which is a more useful skill as students learn to process word roots and suffix conventions.
4. Proof-checking: objectionable words in English, Spanish and French are screened from the final result. (If you find any words/abbreviations that aren't in my filters: please let me know!)
I would love to receive feedback, including ideas/requests for future word searches.