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Word Searches Teaching Resources

On the hunt for word search printables to reinforce the vocabulary your students are learning to inject a bit of fun into the school day? You've hit the jackpot with word search puzzles designed by teachers for teachers! This extensive collection of printable worksheets covers a wide range of elementary school subjects and topics, from Thanksgiving word searches to Colonial America vocabulary games. Particularly useful for teachers working with young ESS students, ELL students, and struggling readers to help boost reading comprehension achievements, these printables can help students who are struggling with language to become more familiar with their newly learned words.

How to Use Word Searches in Your Classroom

Looking for new ways to use this simple tool in your classroom? The teachers on the Teach Starter team have put together a few ideas to liven up your classroom and unlock more "aha" moments for your students!
  1. Add word searches to your sub tub for simple work students can complete when you're out sick.
  2. Use word searches as an eye-training tool for students with reading deficits in a special education classroom.
  3. Use word searches to help students develop their decoding and deciphering skills.
  4. Use the vocabulary word list on each search and practice pronunciation with ESL and ELL students before allowing them to work to find the words in the puzzle.
Don't see exactly the puzzle you need for your classroom? Check out our handy online word search generator for teachers!
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