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

BOOK 1

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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.

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.

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BOOK 2

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

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.

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BOOK 3

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

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.

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BOOK 4

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Book 4 contains a range of crosswords that have been carefully designed to cover specific rime phonemes — long vowels and digraphs.

Features

The crossword puzzles in this book cover the following long vowel rimes, vowel digraphs and the suffix ION:

Long vowel rimes:

  • AIL, ALE
  • AME, AIM
  • ANE, AIN
  • AKE
  • ATE

Long vowel rimes:

  • EAT, EET
  • EED

Long vowel rimes:

  • ICE
  • IDE, IED
  • IGHT
  • INE

Long vowel rimes:

  • OKE
  • OOK
  • OPE

Vowel digraphs:

  • AIR, ARE
  • AY
  • OR, ORE
  • OW
  • Suffix ION

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.

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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.

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