My older students were starting to get restless with our card activities and fill-in-the-blank worksheets. They wanted something ‘older’ and different. I wanted something that would challenge and motivate them. So I thought I would try out an idea I’ve had for awhile, crossword puzzles. Turns out they were a hit! Some kids have never even done a crossword before so it was a whole new experience.
These crosswords are geared towards upper elementary students and middle school/junior high students working on language. There are two different crosswords for each area: Antonyms, Synonyms, Irregular Past Tense Verbs, and Multiple Meaning Words.
The Synonym and Antonym crosswords each have a Level 1 and Level 2. The Level 1 pages have Tier 2 vocabulary words and Level 2 pages are a combination of Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary words. All pages crosswords have the following options: crossword without a wordbank ( most challenging option ) and crossword with a word bank ( most support ). There is also an answer key for each crossword so students can check their answers.
These pages were great extra practice and since they were challenging, but not too hard, they took my kids sometime to complete which meant we spent the majority of our sessions working on out target instead of doing worksheet after worksheet.
You can check out this new activity in my TpT store HERE.