This is a set of 22 word searches targeted at a 3rd grade reading level. Each puzzle includes 20 words.
Students are not necessarily expected to know how to spell each of these words, but they should recognize them in everyday speech.
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.
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!)
My word searches can vary in difficulty. This set is the simplest variety: difficulty level 1. (The leading digit of the ID in the lower-left corner is the difficulty level.) This means there are fewer letters and a larger font size than other word searches I've created. Also these have zero false leads (aka "red herrings").