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Green Guardians


3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts, Engineering

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  • Interactive Media

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Crossword on Green Schools

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  • This crossword is an engaging and fun way for students to practice utilizing their science vocabulary while learning about how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The crossword includes clues about several topics that impact a school's "greenness" or environmental sustainability.
Teaching Tips


  • The word clues on this crossword will get students to activate their domain-specific vocabulary.
  • Each clue is accompanied by an image and fill-in-the-blank sentence, which will help students complete the puzzle. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with crosswords and domain-specific science vocabulary.
  • You can turn the sound effects off by clicking the speaker icon at the top-left.


  • This resource would work well in science classes discussing how schools can "go green" or in language arts classes focusing on vocabulary acquisition.
  • Try using this crossword puzzle as a comprehension or vocabulary check-in after learning about green energy and school gardens. Some resources that would fit into this category include Green Spaces Lesson Plan, International School Grounds Activity Month, and Resources for Building a School Garden.
  • As an extension activity, challenge students to create their own crossword puzzles about going green!
Scientist Notes
This is a crossword that lets students match appropriate words to answer a set of questions. This would expand their understanding on renewable energy terms and their applications. The resource is recommended for classroom use.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Language (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
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