What can children learn from and enjoy at the same time? Puzzles, that's what! Puzzles have an inherent appeal to children. Learn how you can use that appeal to sharpen students' thinking and problem-solving skills, develop new concepts, and reinforce skills in such curriculum areas as language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Learn More About Teaching with Puzzles
Education World has published several articles that will help you find appropriate puzzles and use them with a variety of grade levels and skill areas. They include the following.
Make Puzzles Part of Your Game Plan
Loads of Internet sites offer puzzles, riddles, word games, and other games to stimulate fun and learning. Check out a few of them! "Puzzle" your pupils! Included: Tips for integrating puzzles and other games into the curriculum.
Use It or Lose It: Puzzles to Exercise the Brain
Do your students' brains seem a little lazy lately? Energize them with some brainteasers -- problems and puzzles that will get those neurons sparking and get the blood flowing to the head. Included: Additional puzzle resources for kids of all ages.
A Puzzle a Day Provides Practice that Pays
Puzzles exercise students' critical thinking skills while providing needed practice in math, spelling, and other areas of the curriculum. Why not introduce a puzzle a day? Puzzles make great "bellringer" activities. Included: A year of daily puzzles.
Great Sites for Teaching About Puzzles
Each week, Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About ... page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. These sites are among the best on the Web for teaching about puzzles.
In addition, the following Education World lesson plans provide an easy way to incorporate specific puzzles into your curriculum.
Or, you can complete the following Education World techtorial to learn to create your own Interactive Crossword Puzzles with Excel.