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Periodic Table Wordangle #06

Are looking for educator lesson plan resources for the periodic table of elements? Here is a periodic table wordangle puzzle that includes a list of 20 unique periodic elements hidden in a word search grid. The circled letters are letter hints representing the first letter of each hidden element.

Solve the puzzle:
1. REVIEW the list of words to engage the brain
2 word paths TRAVEL: vertically, horizontally, forwards, backwards, but not diagonally
3. LOCATE the circled letters, which are the starting letters for each hidden word
4. some word paths DO cross; most word paths include one right hand turn
5. TRACE, or circle, the letter paths
6. TRACK progress by checking off words as they are located in the grid

Lesson plan activities might include:
1. provide blank word search grids for students to create their own word search puzzles; exchange with peers to solve [see below for link to blank word searches]
2. put the list of elements in atomic weight order
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?]
4. use list of words as prompts for research writing
5. put list of elements in alphabetical order BY SYMBOL

Blank word search grids link found here: blank word searches.

Multiple benefits for including puzzles in the classroom:
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




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