Puzzlemaker (Discovery Education) http://www.discoveryeducation.com/free- puzzlemaker/?CFID=1275755&CFTOKEN=73559956 It’s FREE! Offers a variety of different puzzles and games from word searches to math puzzles Easy to use. Plug in the information you want and it does the work for you.
Perks of Puzzlemaker User friendly HTML or text format format friendly for printing or cutting and pasting to a different application Word Filter Generates student copy and answer key Includes instructions
Cautions while using Puzzlemaker Still suggests proofreading puzzles for unwanted words Files only viewable in Netscape and Internet Explorer browsers 4.0 or higher Site does not give decent description of puzzles (have to make a sample to see what it is).
How does this benefit learning? Makes learning FUN! Ex.) The math puzzles involve critical thinking, reasoning, and math skills but students may be more intrigued simply because it is a game/puzzle. Could be used as quiet, but educational, on-topic work (after a test, etc) Introduction to a topic Ex.) Could use a “hidden message” puzzle to introduce vocabulary words with the main topic of the next lesson being the hidden message.
Types of Puzzles Word Search Cryptograms Criss-Cross Number Blocks Double Puzzles Hidden Message Fallen Phrases Math Squares Mazes Letter Tiles
SampleUse the following words/phrase to make sample puzzles Title: The skeleton •Phrase: The adult skeleton is made of two Word Bank hundred six bones Scapula Femur Patella Tibia Fibula Clavicle Skull Vertebrae Rib Sternum Phalanges Sacrum Coccyx Ulna Radius Mandible