Make your own crossword – a quick and easy plenary

This activity was inspired by the activities from the University of the First Age’s One Hundred BITES, which is a magnificent publication brimming with superb ideas which can enhance any classroom.

This plenary involves asking students to first pick a number. I do this by asking a student to throw a 12 sided dice – adds a bit of randomness and participation. With this number, students have to list that number of words down that sum up the content of the lesson. With these words, students have to create a crossword pattern in their books ensuring that all the words fit together.

The activity helps students to sum up the lesson in an attractive way as well as help check spellings of key words. If there s time, I ask students to present their ‘crosswords’ to their learning partner and see who has made the most links between the words.

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