A group of parts that work together as a whole
The parts of the Earth that contain living organisms
The slow movement of Earth's plates
Created by the Colorado River
To reduce to pieces
Destroy and wear away land masses through a process called erosion and weathering
The ability to do work
All the Earth's water
Released as waves or rays
Water evaporates from the ocean, rises into the atmosphere, and then falls from the sky as rain
A very small fragment of a much larger object
Occurs when a system returns to itself data about a change in the system
Molten materials inside the earth
All of Earth's mass of solid rocks and metals
Evidence of remains of animals found in rock
The thin envelope of gases that forms the Earth's outermost layer
Build landmasses by lifting up mountains and rock
Earth's top layer of stiff solid rock
Small particles that collect and form at the bottom of the ocean
The Earth's main system has four of these
Shape the land's surface by building up mountains and other landmasses
Layers of the Earth broken into huge pieces
Earth's outermost layer is made mostly out of this, like nitrogen and oxygen
The melting of these is caused by rising temperature
One of the most important parts of the Earth system
Earth's highest mountain
The flow of rock through the Earth system
A natural power that acts on an object
The force that makes objects fall toward Earth's center
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.
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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.
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