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Young readers use Internet puzzle-making programs and information from biographies they have read to create crossword puzzles, word finds, and word searches. After crafting the questions and prompts, they share the puzzles with their classmates.  
  Students develop a knowledge of the geometric terms, slide, flip, and turn, by completing a puzzle.  In this geometry lesson, students build on their prior knowledge of geometric skills.  
Students define from a word list for a literary selection. Using the literary selection, they read the vocabulary in context. They determine the definition of the word as used in context and create a crossword puzzle using the vocabulary words assigned. They use the definitions (developed from context) to create the clue list for the crossword puzzle.
Students use a jigsaw puzzle and 'scavenger hunt' approach. They determine the use of OPAC to identify resources and the Dewey Decimal System as a tool for locating books on the library shelves. The locate the different books that are identified on their puzzle sheet
Seventh graders recognize the geometric shapes of puzzle pieces and then put the puzzle together.  In this geometric puzzle lesson plan, 7th graders piece together four congruent rectangles using various shapes. Students use toothpicks to make various geometric shapes.
Students make puzzles from world maps, dramatizing how much of the globe is covered by ocean.
Students listen to books on wind energy for background knowledge. In this wind logic puzzle, students use knowledge of wind energy and critical thinking skills to complete logic puzzles. Students may work in groups or individually as homework.
In this brain teasers worksheet, students solve a variety of word puzzles. For example, "What is a clever cat called? (a witty kitty).
Students gather information about DNA. In this biology lesson, students watch video clips of scientists discussing their contribution to the understanding of DNA, then work a puzzle correlating information to scientist. Lesson includes extension activities.
Students, after assessing the history behind pentominoes, construct pentominoes with puzzle shapes and patterns and then construct a 3-D box. They share their creations with their peers and explain each one. Notes on the key terms of geometry are also given within this lesson.
In this solving a quilting crossword puzzle worksheet, students use a word bank of quilting vocabulary to solve the crossword puzzle. Students write 18 words.
In this crossword puzzle of sight words worksheet, students observe the words used in the puzzle listed in columns of the number of times used, read the clues, and record the answers. Students write 33 answers.
In this earthquake word search worksheet, students find and circle the 17 earthquake-related words from the word bank in the puzzle.
The key to solving this puzzle lies in the addition skills of young learners. The first step is to answer a series of decimal addition problems organized in a 4x5 grid. Then cut apart the page of puzzle pieces, each one including an answer to one of the math problems, and match the pieces up to the corresponding question. Finally, glue down the puzzle pieces and color in the final picture. A great supplemental activity to provide early finishers during math lessons the week of Earth Day. 
An ancient puzzle game meets a modern implementation. Challenge mathematicians of all ages with this mind-bending geometric puzzle game. 
Students complete a variety of daily enrichment puzzles designed to encourage critical thinking skills, while developing and reinforcing math and language arts skills.
Students work together to complete puzzles. They practice their critical thinking skills and cooperative learning. They share their puzzles once they are complete.
Students cooperate in a hands-on approach to learning the ten main categories of the Dewey Decimal System. They work in pairs to find missing puzzle pieces already strategically placed in books listen under the ten main categories.
Students create a class puzzle by cutting a large poster board into enough puzzles pieces for each student to have one. They decorate their individual puzzle pieces with symbols and pictures that represent their life. In small groups, they compare and contrast their puzzle pieces. Finally, they determine how their class is like a small community in which each citizen is responsible for the good of the community.
First graders identify and create simple geometric shapes. Through demonstration and hands-on activities, they identify geometric shapes and create them using math manipulatives. Students improve their positional word vocabulary by using the shape in a puzzle.

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