BHM Crosspatch 01

BHM Crosspatch 01

BHM Crosspatch 01 For Google Apps
BHM Crosspatch 01

What are the benefits of puzzles in the classroom? Puzzles complement curriculum and ongoing programming. How? Many brain teaser puzzles support support visual acuity (word searches, crosswords, Sudoku), fine motor skills development and problem solving strategies (word searches, crosswords, Sudoku, cryptograms, cryptolists). Here is a Black History Month crosspatch puzzle to help build awareness and vocabulary around Black History Month. Crosspatch puzzles are similar to crossword puzzles, except that the clues are word clues and not organized in any order. To solve the puzzle kids need to fill in the blanks with the words that fit the blanks. Puzzle includes letter hints to support differentiated classrooms.

To solve the puzzle:
1. Review the list of words to engage the brain.
2. If needed, organize words by number of letters in the word (3,4,5,etc)
3. Fill in the blanks with the words that match with the letter clues.
4. To track progress, mark off those words to eliminate the word choices.
5. Identify words with the least number letters, or the most number of letters.
5. Fill in the blanks that match these words.
6. Scan the grid for intersection points of letters and match them with the words left to fill in.

Download the free puzzle to print and/or copy the file to your computer to complete is using Google Apps version.