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Young scholars assess new ways to strengthen and expand their vocabularies by creating crossword puzzles for their classmates to experience. They become aware that learning a new language can be a fun experience if approached with an open mind and creativity.
Students come to understand that in sexually reproducing organisms, such as humans, typically half of the genes come from each parent. Students examine a fictional pedigree and determine which gene is responsible for a given trait. The genetic information for individuals is depicted as a jigsaw puzzle. Terms that students encounter include gene; chromosome; DNA; pedigree; genotype; phenotype; dominant; and recessive.
Fourth graders put together two sets of puzzles.
Students create their own puzzles. In this visual arts lesson plan, students follow the provided steps to create their jigsaw puzzles made from card stock.
Students study the Earth's climatic system and construct a puzzle that names all of the pieces of the  components involved.  In this Climate lesson, students draw a picture on a puzzle piece depicting a specific component. Students then research their piece and explain it to the class. Students then  discuss how the pieces of the puzzle fit together and how changes in puzzle will continue to be altered due to global climatic change.
Students discuss the meaning of a variety of common phrases. As a class, they are tested on how to use those phrases. They participate in a puzzle game in which they are given a statement to describe the phrase and they are to say it as it would be said to others. To end the lesson, they develop their own sayings to be used in the game.
Students play a matching, puzzle-like game designed to help them review and practice a given subject matter.
Elementary and middle schoolers explore scatter plots. In this graphing lesson, pupils work in small groups and use jigsaw puzzles to develop a scatter plot. Younger learners may develop a bar graph.
Art that employs geometric shapes is a fun way to discuss math and the creative process. Fourth graders analyze a bit of abstract art, specifically the use of line and shape. They then create geometric art by intersecting and bisecting a number of straight lines. The result is a puzzle-like, yet organic design. 
Young scholars use combinations to help solve a puzzle. In this math combinations lesson, students use combinations to help them solve a puzzle presented in video clips. Young scholars compare and share their results with classmates, discussing different methods.
Discover the process of writing a story by comparing it to a puzzle. Begin by examining a diagram shaped like a puzzle which contains important elements of a story.  Learners mix and match the pieces with elements of a story they are writing to experiment with the overall piece. 
Young scholars use this problem to develop spatial skills. As the students handle the shapes and join them together they strengthen their understanding of the attributes of shapes. This instructional activity also gives young scholars the opportunity to make up their own puzzles which is good for building confidence.
In collaborative groups, math scholars put together an eight-piece puzzle. Individuals then take a piece of it and crate an enlarged version. When they attempt to put their larger puzzle together, it most likely won't work! They discover that they need to all use a same proportion when they make larger pieces! All handouts and projection transparencies are provided in this inquiry-based math lesson. 
Middle school science stars examine fuels and energy with a variety of activities. They begin with a KWL chart, read an informative passage, and then complete a puzzle. The puzzle itself is included. Cleverly, each piece corresponds to a statement which learners must determine if it is true or false. They will only be able to complete the puzzle if they answer each correctly. This foundational topic is presented in a creative way. 
In this sight words crossword puzzle worksheet, students read sentence clues and use words in a word bank that tell the number of times they are used in the crossword to solve the puzzle. Students write 33 words.
In this crossword worksheet, learners complete a crossword puzzle by different solving clues. For example, "Term used to describe a broad range of cultural differences."
These math puzzles are sure to get your first and second graders thinking. Nine word problems about odds and evens, as well as greater than and less than, keep learners guessing. If you're working on mental math in your class, use these puzzles for homework or a group activity.
Students examine spatial relationships in math. In this spatial relationship lesson, students use puzzles, both concrete and virtual, to develop an understanding of spatial relationships. They work with manipulatives and on-line Tangrams before answering questions about the movement of the puzzle pieces.
Sixth graders identify the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem. In this life science lesson, 6th graders connect pieces of a tundra ecosystem puzzle. They discuss how changing the nonliving environment affects the living things in it.
An engaging hands-on activity is presented. Learners of all ages are addressed in thie unique plan. K-5 learners identify, name, and define a rectangle, square, triangle, and the concept of area. Older learners prove the Pythagorean theorem on their own by manipulating some puzzle pieces.

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