EDUCATIONAL VALUE OF CROSSWORD PUZZLES
I love using crossword puzzles in my classroom for the following reasons: crossword solving involves several useful skills including vocabulary, reasoning, spelling, and word attack skills. To solve any crossword puzzle, a student must be able to identify and understand the terms being used. Another benefit of using crossword puzzles in the classroom is that they are associated with recreation, and can be less intimidating for students as review tools.
Puzzle solving is a much more active type of learning, and will engage students with the material more than passive types of review techniques do. Crossword puzzles have the advantage of appealing to many different learning styles. Visual learners are known to have strong puzzle-solving skills, and completing a puzzle encourages great satisfaction and help with self-esteem. Auditory learners enjoy step-by-step reasoning, so they also benefit from the sequential steps of completing a crossword. Kinesthetic learners derive great joy from the multi-task strategies required to solve a crossword.
I often use crossword puzzles as a warm-up activity. I love the fact that the puzzles can be customized to the study content. If you would like to create your own puzzles here is a site where you can do so free of charge. I use this site all the time to create all of my puzzles.
Happy Puzzle making!