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


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

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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.
  • 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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