manipulatives, Toys and materials that children can handle and change with their
core learning skills, Life skills that affect learning during childhood and throughout the life
intelligence quotient, A standardized test used to measure the ratio between a person’s mental age and chronological
multiple intelligences, The theory that people vary in terms of intelligence and learning
teachable moments, Unplanned opportunities for
open-ended materials, Items that can be used in a variety of ways, with no single correct
close-ended materials, Items that are to be used primarily in one way, with an expected
curriculum, The experiences and activities that support and guide children’s
developmentally appropriate curriculum, Curriculum activities geared to the varying abilities and levels of development of a whole group of
intentional teaching, Planned activities that are responsive to individual children’s abilities and
scaffolding, Building the support needed for emerging concepts or
objectives, Outcomes for children to achieve or to experience through participation in a specific curriculum
Bloom’s Taxonomy, A ranking of educational objectives for intellectual development, from very basic to more complex thinking
project approach, Child care professionals conduct projects that allow children to explore in developmentally appropriate
Reggio Emilia Approach, A style of teaching associated with Reggio Emilia
theme, One central topic selected by the
lesson plan, A detailed, written explanation of an activity, including the purpose, any materials needed, the step-by-step method for carrying out the activity, evaluation of the activity, and possible related follow-up activities to reinforce the learning
open-ended questions, Questions that require more than a yes or no
facilitate, To make something easier to do; to help bring about something without controlling
Crossword puzzles have been published in newspapers and other publications since 1873. They consist of a grid of squares where the player aims to write words both horizontally and vertically.
Next to the crossword will be a series of questions or clues, which relate to the various rows or lines of boxes in the crossword. The player reads the question or clue, and tries to find a word that answers the question in the same amount of letters as there are boxes in the related crossword row or line.
Some of the words will share letters, so will need to match up with each other. The words can vary in length and complexity, as can the clues.
The fantastic thing about crosswords is, they are completely flexible for whatever age or reading level you need. You can use many words to create a complex crossword for adults, or just a couple of words for younger children.
Crosswords can use any word you like, big or small, so there are literally countless combinations that you can create for templates. It is easy to customise the template to the age or learning level of your students.
For the easiest crossword templates, WordMint is the way to go!
For a quick and easy pre-made template, simply search through WordMint’s existing 500,000+ templates. With so many to choose from, you’re bound to find the right one for you!
Once you’ve picked a theme, choose clues that match your students current difficulty level. For younger children, this may be as simple as a question of “What color is the sky?” with an answer of “blue”.
Crosswords are a great exercise for students' problem solving and cognitive abilities. Not only do they need to solve a clue and think of the correct answer, but they also have to consider all of the other words in the crossword to make sure the words fit together.
If this is your first time using a crossword with your students, you could create a crossword FAQ template for them to give them the basic instructions.
Crosswords are a fantastic resource for students learning a foreign language as they test their reading, comprehension and writing all at the same time. When learning a new language, this type of test using multiple different skills is great to solidify students' learning.
We have full support for crossword templates in languages such as Spanish, French and Japanese with diacritics including over 100,000 images, so you can create an entire crossword in your target language including all of the titles, and clues.