Xmas star shaped puzzle. This Christmas theme based word search is can be used in multiple classrooms. Working with reading buddies, students in grade 5 and 6 can help support students in grades 2 and 3 as they work towards finding all the Christmas words in the star shaped puzzle. Teachers can use this downloadable word search to introduce a holiday unit, as part of a language spelling activity, as a model for students to create their own word searches, or as part of their reading buddies programming (as described above). Puzzles engage students' brains, challenge and grow their vocabulary building skills and activate their problem solving strategies. They also provide an opportunity to introduce new strategies to help solve these mind teasers. Home schooled students also benefit from these Christmas themed puzzles. Using differentiated instruction, when required, will engage English language learners as they strengthen their vocabulary building and language acquisition skills.