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How do puzzles help learning? Puzzles are a great way to help consolidate vocabulary. Here is a St. Patrick's Day words word search puzzle with 20 words hidden in the grid, but no list is provided. To solve the puzzle students need to locate the words and then record the list in the space under the grid. This particular puzzle helps consolidate vocabulary because students need to draw upon prior knowledge in order to solve this brain teaser.
Word search puzzles like these brain teasers help learning in a number of ways:
1. Engage students' brains because students need to draw upon their knowledge of theme words before locating them in the grid.
2. When students engage with their peers to solve puzzles, then it helps to create a cooperative and collaborative learning environment.
3. Word search puzzles are interactive requiring students' brains to look for letter and word patterns.