Chemistry Vocab Wordangle #06

Chemistry Vocab Wordangle #06

Are you looking for educator resources to engage students' critical thinking skills? Here is an interactive academic chemistry wordangle puzzle to support students in grades 9-12. Brain teaser also activates problem solving skills. The list of 24 words is related to the periodic table. These word search-like puzzles have a right angled twist in most of the letters paths, and so are called 'wordangle puzzles'.

Problem solving strategies to use to solve the puzzle:
1. review the complete list of words to engage the brain
2. locate 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, so intersection points between letter paths will be at right angles to each other
4. circle, or trace the letter paths as the words are found; form of recording information
5. track progress by checking off the words as they are located in the grid, which is a form of process of elimination
6. students can work with a peer to help solve the puzzle: students learn from each other

Lesson plan activity ideas:
1. have students create their word search puzzles to share [link is below]
2. create interactive learner engagement by having students make connections between this list of chemistry words and the periodic table elements [find the periodic table of elements puzzles here: Chemistry-Periodic Table puzzles]; students working together fosters collaborative and cooperative learning environments while supporting independent and self directed learning
3. use Frayer Model graphic organizer to help consolidate understanding of academic vocabulary

Blank word search found here: blank word search grids.

Benefits of puzzles:
- supports tutored high school students
- provides academic chemistry vocabulary building resources for students in grades 9-12
- supports home school learning environments, grades 9-12 academic chemistry
- provides university students with an interactive review of periodic table vocabulary and elements