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!


8 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks! I will start to use that with my daughter’s spelling words. Great idea!


  2. I am a crossword junkie as well. I can’t wait to check out this site, Nicole! Thanks so much! This will be fun for the kids.


  3. One of the interesting things about the brain is that it how profoundly visual it is. Our brains see letters as individual pictures, and given their structure they can often be truly complex on that basis alone. The human brain remembers an image far longer, and with stunning accuracy, much better than it recalls words in text or a book.

    Puzzles, in a positive manner, bridge this gap, enabling the brain to break down a word into its individual components and strengthening the connection between word, letter, and visual representation of it all.

    Great post!


    • Jeffery,
      You are so right! I believe most people are visual learners, that is why I incorporate a lot of visual hands on activities for my foreign language students. Thanks for stopping by.


  4. I love using crossword puzzles for Sunday school. Thanks for a neat post, Nicole.


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