Seen widely as the most popular type of word game in the world crossword puzzles can be a fun way to help use expand our vocabulary and critically think about word uses at the same time. The words used can fall under a single theme or be big and bold like those found in the New York Times. The first crossword puzzle appeared in eighteenth century England. The first known crossword puzzle book was published just over a hundred years ago in Liverpool England. About ten years later, they began to appear in newspaper publications across the world.
The best way to attack a new crossword puzzle is with pencil. You are most likely bound to make a few mistakes along the way. Always start with words that you know. You can get an idea by briefly reading all the clues. There are bound to be a few that are just simple for you. Once you find your first word, fill those letters into words that build off of your word. This will provide you with hints to help you along the way. If you are really stumped, start with the words with the fewest letters, we tend to recognize those first. As you scroll down the page you will find 60 printable and digital crossword puzzle worksheets that come with a complete answer key. Each crossword puzzle has approximately 115 missing clues that you need to find based on the clue. The top set of crossword puzzles consists of theme-based puzzles they are appropriate for most grade levels and are based more on student interest. We also have worksheets down below that feature puzzles that target grade leveled vocabulary words. The word sets that we explore are based on national word lists. At the high school level, we have included a good number of SAT and ACT word sets that we have used in the past. I think you will find this series of crossword puzzle helpful and super educational.