Fun Things to Think About

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This is a packet of five pairs of challenging word puzzles. They focus as much on logic and spatial reasoning as they do on vocabulary. This is an ideal activity for keeping students engaged in academic content that does not require an accompanying
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$2.00
11 ratings
3.9
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By Fun Things to Think About
This is a packet of five pairs of challenging word puzzles. They focus as much on logic and spatial reasoning as they do on vocabulary. This is an ideal activity for keeping students engaged in academic content that does not require an accompanying
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$2.00
3 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.39 MB)
By Fun Things to Think About
This is a packet of five pairs of challenging word puzzles. They focus as much on logic and spatial reasoning as they do on vocabulary. This is an ideal activity for keeping students engaged in academic content that does not require an accompanying
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$2.00
1 rating
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.39 MB)
By Fun Things to Think About
Last month when I set out my word searches at an activity table with crayons, I was surprised to see the number of kids who also used them as coloring book pages. ... so why not design them that way? Here's a set of 10 word searches that can also
Subjects:
Spelling, Vocabulary, Visual Arts
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$1.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Fun Things to Think About
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
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$1.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By Fun Things to Think About
Wow... I'd forgotten how much work went into prepping these! This is my second packet of five pairs of challenging word puzzles. I say these are "ages 9+" because of the vocabulary level (POLITE, JUICE, FIBER, etc.), but make no mistake: these are
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$2.00
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By Fun Things to Think About
This is a packet of ten challenging word puzzles. They focus as much on logic and spatial reasoning as they do on vocabulary. This is an ideal activity for keeping students engaged in academic content that does not require an accompanying lesson
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$2.00
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By Fun Things to Think About
This is a fun problem-solving worksheet of 12 puzzles that combines vocabulary exercises with spatial reasoning/logic. In each puzzle: students must reorder scattered tiles to create words that share common letter patterns or form a geometric
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
FREE
5 ratings
3.9
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By Fun Things to Think About
This is a free 5-page sample packet demonstrating some of the kinds of puzzles I offer through this website. Each puzzle has a unique ID in the lower-left corner. The first number of that ID is used to indicate the vocabulary level: 1 = The
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, 7th, 11th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
FREE
1 rating
4.0
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By Fun Things to Think About
This is a collection of 6 Venn diagrams. This is intended as an ice-breaker or warmup exercise: the task is to identify what defines each set. For an extra challenge: look at my other files for a set of Edwards' Venn diagrams. If requested: I can
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Graphic Organizers
FREE
3 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.87 MB)
By Fun Things to Think About
This is a pair of Edwards' Venn diagrams -- they use 4 sets instead of 3! This is intended as an extra follow-up to my previous submission of 6 more traditional Venn diagrams (also available through this site). You'll probably want to remove (or
Subjects:
Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subjects
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Graphic Organizers
FREE
1 rating
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.43 MB)
By Fun Things to Think About
For a unit on folktales I assembled a list of candidates on a world map. You can view this map here: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z_BLIiXMvGsM.k9FMuosK1In8 Each location on the map includes a book summary and a link to learn more.
Subjects:
Reading, Geography, Short Stories
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities
FREE
4 ratings
4.0
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By Fun Things to Think About
This was part of a short summer session teaching middle school students JavaScript. They already need some understanding of if/else blocks and basic JS, but this was approached on day 3 or 4 of the class. (To be fair: it also requires a lot of
Subjects:
Computer Science - Technology
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
FREE
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By Fun Things to Think About
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
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
FREE
8 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (1.61 MB)
By Fun Things to Think About
This is a set of different word puzzles: Germany, African animals, cars, desserts, and basic Spanish words. Each page has an ID in the lower-left corner. The leading digit indicates the difficulty, so the level 2 puzzles are easier than the level 3
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
FREE
4 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (3.39 MB)
By Fun Things to Think About
A medium-difficulty level word search featuring dozens of examples of nomatopoeia. I would love to receive feedback, including ideas/requests for future word searches.
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
FREE
3 ratings
4.0
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By Fun Things to Think About
This is a collection of a 25 charts and graphs that tell stories or jokes. This focuses on students' ability to fluently read a Cartesian graph, Venn Diagram, pie chart, etc. You could integrate this into a lesson plan in a variety of ways. I
Subjects:
Graphing, Critical Thinking, Word Problems
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Fun Stuff, Graphic Organizers
FREE
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By Fun Things to Think About
This is a packet of 10 pages of puzzles, with a bonus/alternative puzzle at the end. My previous packets mixed up the type of puzzle, but in this packet every puzzle follows the same format. I originally fixated on word puzzles when supervising
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$2.00
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Digital Download PDF (0.58 MB)
By Fun Things to Think About
This is a packet of ten challenging word puzzles. They focus as much on logic and spatial reasoning as they do on vocabulary. This is an ideal activity for keeping students engaged in academic content that does not require an accompanying lesson
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Worksheets, Fun Stuff, Games
$2.00
not yet rated
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I started this account when I was a youth development professional with Boys and Girls Club and an instructor at a private enrichment center. These days I'm back to working in software development, but I still try to draft a few new puzzles every so often.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Depending on the size and complexity of the class: I may lean towards student-centric/constructivist activities. I try to integrate many other disciplines and ideas into a lesson as time permits. Since I'm usually in an environment that supplements children's regular school work: I'm free to approach material from multiple angles to try to keep kids engaged and offer a more holistic view of certain ideas.

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