A species that creates its own energy from sunlight
A species that breaks down plants and animals
A large, global scale ecosystems
The word used to describe the levels within an ecosystem
A diagram used to show the connections between different species in an ecosystem
The colour used to represent rainfall on a climate graph
An adaptation used to support trees as they grow high into the rainforest canopy
The arrows in a food chain show the direction in which _ _ _ _ _ _ moves
The word used to describe the location of a settlement in relation to other places
The term used to describe settlements that form in a cluster
The shape taken by many settlements built along a river bank
The process by which liquid water turns into gas
The process that causes clouds to form in the atmosphere
A name used to describe rain, hail, snow and sleet
The point at which two rivers meet
The name of a smaller river that joins the main channel
The word used to describe the area of land drained by a single river
The area of high land that marks the boundary between two drainage basins
The source marks the _ _ _ _ _ of a river
At the mouth, the river enters the _ _ _
Erosion due to the force of the water
Where stones scrape along the river bank and wear it away
The movement of stones along the river bed in a bouncing motion
The process whereby a river drops its load
A bend in the river
A horseshoe shaped lake formed when the neck of a meander is cut off
The type of rock found on the top in a waterfall
The part of the bend which has the fastest flow in a river
A type of pool found below a waterfall
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.
All of our templates can be exported into Microsoft Word to easily print, or you can save your work as a PDF to print for the entire class. Your puzzles get saved into your account for easy access and printing in the future, so you don’t need to worry about saving them at work or at home!
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.