For those of you who are looking for creative and engaging ways for your kids to practice sight words you might want to give word searches, crosswords and word scrambles a try. It is a great way to make learning fun!
Some kids like the challenge of breaking the code with the scrambled words. Others like figuring out which word is missing from the crossword sentence. They all like finding and writing the same word twice on the word searches.
There are lots of word searches, crosswords and word scrambles out there to pick from focusing on many themes. The ones I have made for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade word searches, 2nd & 3rd grade crosswords & word scrambles use all the words from the Dolch 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade word lists.
For each grade level, the words are put into several groups. For each group of words, there are five different word searches, crosswords & word scrambles. If you have issues where kids tend to copy from their neighbor, you can always pass out the five different versions at the same time so they don’t have the same worksheet as their neighbor ; )
On the word searches, the kids find and circle each word twice and write each word twice. The words are horizontal and vertical, there are no backwards or diagonal words.
The word searches, crosswords & word scrambles are numbered so they can be used together and printed back to back. For example the 2nd grade word search number A1 can be printed back to back with the A1 2nd grade crosswords & word scrambles. They will have the same words on them. There are a few crosswords with a bonus word used to complete the puzzle.
Since the Dolch sight words only go up to 3rd grade, I used my 4th & 5th grade spelling lists to create the 4th & 5th grade word searches.
These worksheets are great for morning work, homework, early finishers, literacy centers, ESL/ELL students, Special Ed, word work, Daily 5, choice time, independent work, warm up activity and reading stations. They are great for review, so they would be a perfect addition to your sub plans!
For differentiation with sight word practice, you can use the grade level above and below. The worksheets look the same so kids won’t notice who is doing what grade level ; )
I know as a kid I loved word searches. Some people do not think they have value but I totally disagree. If set up properly they really can be a great way to slip in more sight word practice while the kids are having fun. There is plenty of research that shows that more sight word practice helps kids!
I made a holiday version for St. Patrick’s Day and another one for Earth Day. They have one word search and one crosswords and word scramble that use words for that holiday to acquaint the kids with those words. Print the word search on one side and the crosswords and word scramble on the other side for a fun work center on those holidays.