Periodic Table Wordangle #02

Periodic Table Wordangle #02

Are you an educator looking for lesson plan resources for the periodic table of elements? Here is a periodic table wordangle puzzle with a list of 20 unique periodic elements. The circled letters are letter hints, representing the first letter of each hidden element.

Solve the puzzle:
1.FIRST, engage the brain by reviewing the list of words
2 REMEMBER: word paths travel: vertically, horizontally, forwards, backwards, but not diagonally
3. NEXT, locate the letter hints, which are the starting letters for each hidden word
4. NOTE: some word paths DO cross, and most word paths include one right hand turn
5. THEN: trace the letter paths
6. FINALLY, track progress by checking off each word as it is located in the grid

Other lesson plan resource ideas:
1. provide blank word search grids for students to create their own word search puzzles and exchange with peers to solve [link is below for blank word searches]
2. 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 use the periodic table of elements to spell their names, or some combination of their initials

Link to blank word search grids: blank word searches.

Benefits for including puzzles in programming:
1. engages and develops students' critical thinking skills
2. activates and supports development of students' problem solving skills
3. engages the brain
4. helps to improve memory
5. supports consolidation of spelling of academic words
6. supports visual acuity