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Crossword Puzzles

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Crossword Puzzles

Grades K – 12
Interactive Type Organizing & Summarizing
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ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE  

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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 K12. 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

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Grades   4 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Using Word Webs to Teach Synonyms for Commonly Used Words

Students use word webs to choose synonyms for generic adjectives and to learn to adjust their word usage for different contexts.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

3-2-1 Vocabulary: Learning Filmmaking Vocabulary by Making Films

Bring the vocabulary of film to life through the processes of filmmaking. Students learn terminology and techniques simultaneously as they plan, film, and edit a short video.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

A Prereading Strategy: Using the Vocabulary, Language, Prediction (VLP) Approach

Students learn content area vocabulary and increase reading comprehension using the Vocabulary, Language, Prediction (VLP) approach.

 

Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources

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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

To, Too, or Two: Developing an Understanding of Homophones

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

Tell Me Your Story: Video-Inspired Vocabulary Writing

Students watch a sample of artistic video clips online and respond through creative writing while using the vocabulary words they are currently studying.