Cross Spell Crosswords

Make spelling fun with the learning-based Cross Spell Crosswords books.
Each book is designed to enhance spelling ability and widen vocabulary.

Book 1

 

Book 1 contains a range of crosswords that have been carefully designed to cover the early vocabulary of most children, plus specific spelling patterns and types of words.

The What’s Next page also outlines a range of additional reinforcement and extension activities.

Features

The crossword puzzles in this book cover the following concepts and rules:

  • Early Vocab 1, 2, 3
  • Simple Nouns Singular
  • Simple Nouns Plural
  • Verbs Present
  • Verbs Past tense
  • Verbs Past tense with ED
  • Take off E + ING
  • Silent E
  • Short Vowel Sounds
  • Long Vowel Sounds
  • Short Vowels + ED
  • Words with OO
  • Initial Blends
  • Consonant Digraphs
  • Vowel Digraphs
  • Vowel before R
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms

The What’s Next page outlines a range of additional reinforcement and extension activities, and there is a blank crossword puzzle template for students to create their own puzzles.

Book 2

 

Book 2 contains a range of crosswords that have been carefully designed to cover specific spelling patterns and types of words.

The What’s Next page also outlines a range of additional reinforcement and extension activities.

Features

The crossword puzzles in this book cover the following concepts and rules:

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Homophones
  • Final Blends
  • Words with TCH
  • Words with CK
  • Words with DGE
  • Words with GH or GHT
  • Words with NG
  • Words ending in FF, LL, SS
  • Words ending in LE
  • Words ending ER, OR or AR
  • Words ending in O or A
  • Words ending in EE or OO
  • Hard and Soft C
  • Hard and Soft G
  • Words with initial K
  • I before E except after C

The What’s Next page outlines a range of additional reinforcement and extension activities, and there is a blank crossword puzzle template for students to create their own puzzles.

Book 3

 

Book 3 contains a range of crosswords that have been carefully designed to cover specific rime phonemes — short vowels.

The What’s Next page also outlines a range of additional reinforcement and extension activities.

Features

The crossword puzzles in this book cover the following rime phonemes:

Two 2 letter short vowel rimes:

  • AN, AP, AT
  • EN, ET
  • IG, IN, IP, IT
  • OP, OT
  • UG, UN

Three 2 letter short vowel rimes:

  • ACK, ALL, ANK, ASH
  • ELL, EST
  • ICK, ILL, ING, INK
  • OCK, UCK,
  • UMP, UNK

The What’s Next page outlines a range of additional reinforcement and extension activities, and there is a blank crossword puzzle template for students to create their own puzzles.

Book 4

 

Book 3 contains a range of crosswords that have been carefully designed to cover specific rime phonemes  —  long vowels, plus vowel digraphs with R and W.

The What’s Next page also outlines a range of additional reinforcement and extension activities.

Features

The crossword puzzles in this book cover the following rime phonemes:

Two 2 letter short vowel rimes:

  • AN, AP, AT
  • EN, ET
  • IG, IN, IP, IT
  • OP, OT
  • UG, UN

Three 2 letter short vowel rimes:

  • ACK, ALL, ANK, ASH
  • ELL, EST
  • ICK, ILL, ING, INK
  • OCK, UCK,
  • UMP, UNK

The What’s Next page outlines a range of additional reinforcement and extension activities, and there is a blank crossword puzzle template for students to create their own puzzles.

Why Choose Cross Spell Crosswords Books?

  • Crosswords puzzles are fun to do and they improve spelling when lists and tests do not.
  • To make life easier and more enjoyable for busy educators, there are also additional activities for reinforcement or extension, plus user-friendly answer pages and record sheets.
  • The puzzles offer practice and consolidation of skills and knowledge aligned with the key spelling stages and strategies.
  • The crosswords (although carefully structured to cover specific spelling concepts) can be completed or photocopied in different formats to cater for different abilities.
  • Cross Spell puzzles offer everyone an equal opportunity to succeed as they exemplify UDL (Universal Design for Learning) – a teaching approach offering flexibility in the ways students access and engage with the material.
  • The puzzle format enhances student agency; it enables students to self-check and correct their work, as it is easy for them to see if their spelling is right or wrong.
  • There are easy to understand explanations (of the concept covered) with examples on every page.
  • When completing the crosswords, students are keen to use a dictionary and thesaurus to find the more challenging answers; consequently, reference skills are also enhanced.
  • The crossword puzzles can be completed individually (for assessment purposes) or cooperatively (in pairs, groups, or as a class) promoting valuable discussion between learners which supports and extends students’ learning.
  • The crossword puzzle format is appealing and accessible for those students who need to improve their spelling, vocabulary and language ability whatever their age.
  • Crossword puzzles also foster and improve problem-solving skills, strategic thinking, perseverance, working memory, processing speed and consequently self-esteem.