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Check out our collection of strategy guides to find effective literacy teaching and learning strategies to use in your classroom.
|Grades||K – 12|
|Interactive Type||Organizing & Summarizing|
|ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE|
Encourage your students to study their content area vocabulary, practice grammar or parts of speech, or demonstrate what they have learned by creating crossword puzzles. In the Create mode, the tool offers the opportunity to enter words and their clues before it generates the puzzle.
The tool also includes a Play mode with crossword puzzles for students in grades K–12. Included with each puzzle are a For Teachers page with troubleshooting help and ideas for use as well as a Tips & Hints page designed to scaffold students' learning and help them do the research necessary to solve the puzzle.
For additional information for using this tool out of the classroom, see Crossword Puzzles in the Parent & Afterschool Resources section.
Lessons That Use This Interactive
Grades K – 1 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students learn about phonics by focusing on the letter m and participating in an integrated array of activities, including reading, writing, mathematics, music, art, and technology.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
3, 2, 1... Blast off! Students learn new vocabulary by taking a virtual field trip to the moon, read-alouds, creating a picture dictionary, and completing a final writing activity.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students engage in a rich study of vocabulary words from the song “America the Beautiful,” using music and art.
Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson
The classroom becomes a stage in this interactive lesson in which students sing, act, and design comic strips to learn the meanings and spellings of common homophones.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson
Students watch a sample of artistic video clips online and respond through creative writing while using the vocabulary words they are currently studying.