A fun way to help students learn their spelling words is to have them create their own word search. Here are a few templates you can print and use.

Word Search 1

This template is for younger students. It has space available for twelve words.

Word Search 2

This template is for older students. It has space available for twenty-one words.

Word Search 3

This template can be used in thematic units to introduce new vocabulary. Instead of writing the words on the blanks, have students write the definition to each word hidden in the puzzle. The searcher’s job will be to read each definition, find the word that matches, and write the word next to its definition on the line.

How to Use It:

Offer this activity as a weekly center or as a challenge for more advanced students. Once students are finished with their word searches, pair students and have them start searching!