Chemistry Vocab Scrambled Word Maze #05

Chemistry Vocab Scrambled Word Maze #05

Support students' academic chemistry vocabulary building using this scrambled letters word maze puzzle. Includes a list of 22 word clues, with scrambled letters! Puzzle is suitable for students in grades 9-12 academic chemistry and homeschooling environments. Note that letter paths in this puzzle DO cross, increasing the challenge and complexity of the puzzle.

To solve the puzzle:
-FIRST, rearrange the letters in each word clue to reveal the hidden words; record the correct spelling to help with solving the puzzle
-REMEMBER: word paths travel: vertically, horizontally, forwards, backwards, diagonally AND the word paths DO cross
-NEXT, locate the circled letter, which is the starting point
-NOTE: letter paths DO cross, which increases the complexity of this puzzle
-THEN: trace the letter paths from the beginning start bubble to the end; the result is a maze like structure, with criss-crossing letter paths within the grid
-FINALLY, check off each word as you find it, to track progress; also avoids duplication of effort when trying to decipher the next word in the path

Other lesson plan activities:
1. students create their own word search puzzles, using any number of chemistry related words; exchange with peers to solve [see link below for blank word searches]
2a. engage critical thinking skills with additional activities: print off a collection of periodic table puzzles and encourage students to make connections between the lists of chemistry words and lists of periodic table elements [click on link to relevant puzzles: Chemistry-Periodic Table puzzles]
2b. other interactive ideas: 1) organize information between the two word lists based on any number of criteria, or 2) match academic chemistry vocabulary with elements of the periodic table, or 3) encourage students to spell academic vocabulary using periodic table symbols [e.g. spell the word: C A R B O N using the elements: Carbon, Argon, Boron, Oxygen and Nitrogen; or could C A R B O N be spelled using different symbols?]
3. have students work collaboratively on any of a number of interactive activities
4. can students use the periodic table of elements to spell their names?

Link to blank word search grids: blank word searches.

Include puzzles in programming to:
1. engage and develop students' critical thinking skills
2. activate and support development of students' problem solving skills
3. engage the brain
4. help improve memory
5. support consolidation of spelling of academic words
6. support visual acuity