|"Spelling List Criss-Cross"
OAK PARK MIDDLE - Calcasieu Parish
At the beginning of each school year I give
my students a set of words they need to learn how to spell if
they want to be successful in Louisiana history. The words
include ones like Louisiana, bayou, Atchafalaya, Natchitoches,
Voodoo, boudin, Ouachita, Baton Rouge, LaSalle, Napoleon, etc.
Instead of writing the words a kazillion times I have them
create a Criss-Cross of the words. The only restrictions on the
puzzle is that all words must cross twice. Each "hanger" or word
crossed only once will lower their grade. It sounds hard to do
but there is a simple trick to it. Find four words that cross
each other twice such as:
Once done, each word of those four is
crossed twice. Now find a second four that do the same thing.
Once completed, tie those together with a simple
The kids will write the words more times
than the 5-20 that you would have assigned plus the will
actually learn them.
Criss-Cross word doc