Chemistry Vocab Wordangle #05

Chemistry Vocab Wordangle #05

Engage critical thinking skills for students in grades 9-12 with this chemistry vocabulary word angle puzzle. Brain teaser also activates problem solving skills. The list of 22 words is related to the periodic table. Word search puzzles with a right angled twist are called wordangle puzzles, with most letter paths having one right hand turn.

Here are some problem solving strategies:
1. review the complete list of words: engages the brain
2. try locating some of the longer words first, since their letter paths will take up more squares: go from most number of letters to fewest number of letters in the word
3. remember that letter paths travel up, down, forwards and backwards, but not diagonally: intersection points will be at right angles to each other
4. circle, or trace the letter paths as hidden words are found: recording the information
5. track progress by checking off the words as they are located in the grid: process of elimination
6. work with a peer to help solve the puzzle: students learn from each other

Additional lesson plan activities:
1. students can create word search puzzles [link is below]
2. create dynamic engagement by having students make connections between this list of chemistry words and elements of the periodic table [find the periodic table of elements puzzles here: Chemistry-Periodic Table puzzles]; have students work together on this activity since students learn best by interacting and learning with others
3. use the Frayer Model graphic organizer to help consolidate understanding of academic vocabulary

Blank word searches found here: blank word search grids.

Puzzles have benefits:
- support tutoring high school students
- provide academic vocabulary building resources for students in grades 9-12
- support home school learning environments, grades 9-12
- provide university students with a dynamic review of periodic table vocabulary and elements