BHM Scrambled Crosspatch-10

BHM Scrambled Crosspatch-10

BHM Scrambled Crosspatch-10 For Google Apps
BHM Scrambled Crosspatch-10

Why use puzzles in the classroom? Here is an engaging and interactive Black History Month crosspatch puzzles to complement classroom instruction and vocabulary building, foster a collaborative classroom, and continue to grow and develop transferable critical thinking and problem solving skills. Crossword-like brain teaser includes a list of 20 word clues, each with scrambled letters. Puzzle challenge engages a variety of problem solving strategies.

Some active problem solving strategies can include:
- use critical thinking to unscramble letters in each word clue (improves memory and increase connections in the brain)
- use organizational skills to organize the word list by the number of letters in each word (4,5,6, etc)
- as required, use trial and error to locate each of the letter hints and complete those boxes with the correct word (encourages perseverance/tenacity)
- critical thinking is used to identify words that are unique for their letter count and fill in the blanks (compare and contrast)
- use prior knowledge, observation, trial and error to align known intersection letter points (letters in the puzzle + remaining word clues) and fill in the blanks
-HINT: start with words that are one of a kind (e.g. 4-letter, 5-letter, 6-letter words)

To complete the free printable version:
-download the puzzle to print
-rearrange the letters to reveal the correct spelling
-record the correct spelling, as required
-record the words in the correct spaces (see above HINT)

To complete the free Google Slides™ version:
-use the link to copy the file to the computer
-rearrange the letters to reveal the correct spelling
-use the text box tool to record the words in the correct blank spaces (see above HINT)

Benefits of using puzzles in the classroom:
-engages critical thinking skills
-improves working memory skills
-supports visual spatial reasoning
-skills transfer to other curriculum areas