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crossword Make a Crossword Puzzle - Vocabulary Challenge

Make a crossword puzzle for your classmates using 26 to 40 vocabulary words from the novel or study unit.

1. Open a new document that lets you enter text like: a word processing document, a SimpleText document, a Google Doc. or a TextEdit document.

2. Make a list of words and clues.

Wiktionary or other online dictionaries and thesauri can help you develop clues.

Separate each word and its clue with a slash "/" character.

Press the Enter key once after each clue, except for the last clue.
Clues can be up to 255 characters long.

SAVE this document to your class folder.


cindy/website maker
earth/3rd planet from sun
computer/tool for learning and communicating

Proof the project. (It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets worck. smiling icon)

3. Highlight the Copy the words and clues.

Go to the web page Instant Online Crossword Puzzle Maker.

Paste the words and clues into the online form.

4. Click Create Puzzle.

5. Follow the directions - "Click puzzle to see your puzzle." Print it.

Save a copy of the puzzle to your class folder or in your computer.

Or Print to pdf to save the puzzle in a sharable electronic format.

6. Swap your puzzle with another person.

Complete their puzzle.

pencilMaking a vocabulary crossword puzzle about a book you are reading? Here is my helpful "how to" hint.

Fold a sheet of paper in half lengthwise.

As you read the book, write any vocabulary or special words on this sheet of paper.
(I like to write the page number as well, so I can find it again later.)

Use this paper as your bookmark.

At the end of reading the book, you have a vocabulary list. This is MUCH easier than searching through the book after reading it.

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posted by Cynthia O'Hora 2007