Chemistry Vocab Word Maze #01

Chemistry Vocab Word Maze #01

Looking for teacher resources to engage students' critical thinking skills grades 9-12? This academic chemistry vocabulary word maze puzzle, includes a list of 20 word clues. The word paths, within the grid, do not cross each other. This word search-like puzzle creates a maze like structure using the list of academic words. Locate the circled letter to start the puzzle solution.

Solve the puzzle:
l. review the complete list of 20 words, before solving the puzzle, thereby 'engaging' the brain
2. trace the letter paths which travel up, down, forwards, backwards; there are no diagonal letter paths
3. letter paths do not cross
4. track progress, by checking off the words

Lesson plan activities:
1. students can use the list of words to create new word search puzzles [link below for blank word search grids]
2. create a unique problem solving skills activity by having students make connections between this list of chemistry words and elements of the periodic table [periodic table of elements puzzles found here: Chemistry-Periodic Table puzzles]
3. foster collaborative and cooperative learning environments: have students work together on activity #2

Blank word search grids link: blank word search grids.

Benefits of puzzles in the classroom:
1. engages the brain
2. facilitates critical thinking skills
3. helps to improve memory
4. fosters cooperative and collaborative learning environments when students work together to solve the puzzles
5. activates problem solving skills
6. builds academic vocabulary
7. supports visual acuity