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What do the word “sis” and the sentence “Madam, I’m Adam” have in common? Both are palindromes–words, phrases, and sentences with individual letters that sit in the same sequence whether they are read forward or backward. With January being the month named after the ancient Roman god whose two faces allowed him to look into the past and into the future, it seems a fitting time to entertain and challenge students with the back-and-forth palindrome concept.

PALINDROMES FOR JANUARY is divided into three parts. The first, with 30 items, focuses on one-word palindromes. Part two, deals with a set of 25 palindrome phrases that students can assemble by supplying the missing letters. The third portion is the ultimate challenge with 25 sentences, again with missing letters that students can identify by applying the sequencing principle of palindromes.

Full answer keys included.

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February Idioms from the Heart is a combination history and figurative language lesson.

Each of the forty original sentences, organized as two separate activities of twenty items each, are constructed around an idiom with the word heart in it.  Students must interpret the hidden meaning in each one. The preliminary Student Page briefly explains the history behind our language’s large collection of idiomatic expressions that erroneously attribute human emotions and personality traits to the heart.

Download this free item and treat your students to something a little different this Valentine’s Day.  (Use back arrow to exit your free download.)


This two-part activity is a study of English words with tricky spellings, such as February and bouquet.
The first set of thirty-three items focuses on everyday words that baffle us with their unusual letter combinations. The second portion, also with thirty-three items, features words that offer challenges with both their spellings and their less familiar definitions.A resource list of 150+ more words with quirky spellings is included for those teachers who want to create another round or two of activities based on this idea.

Full answer keys included.

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Who among us, student and teacher alike, has not stepped over an unpleasant task and assigned it to an undetermined future date? For a select group, piddling around is standard procedure.
Procrastination, it seems, is pretty much one of the common denominators of human behavior. So why would we be surprised that the second week in March is designated as NATIONAL PROCRASTINATION WEEK–that is, unless it gets put off until sometime later.

This free download, entitled BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, acknowledges Procrastination Week’s existence and then delves into vocabulary with the letters L-A-T-E hidden in their spellings.

Students are instructed to use the given definitions and clues to fill in missing letters and unmask 35 different “late” words. Some of the terms will be familiar, but others will be more difficult to identify, if and when your students get around to them.

Full answer keys are included.

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April Tomfoolery is a 40 item collection of puns with strong kid-appeal presented in question and answer format. Your youngsters can put them to use right away on April 1. Then the fun continues through another six days as the first week of April is set aside as Laugh at Work Week. But wait! There’s more! All of April–the whole thirty days–is designated as National Humor Month.

Download your copy of this April freebie, distribute to students, and prepare yourself for a long stretch of listening to corny jokes. Why not choose a few favorites and join in? After all, tomfoolery has no age barriers!

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April’s designation as a month of rain is the anchor for this fifty-item brain teaser/vocabulary builder. Students are challenged to identify words that have the actual letters r-a-i-n or letter combinations that sound like “rain” within their spellings. Also included are interpretive questions based on idiomatic expressions with the word rain.

Five total pages including full answer keys.

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Children’s Book Week (the first full week of May) and Reading is Fun Week (the second full week of May) are the inspirations for the Ditzy Dictionary. Though they are necessary resources for reading comprehension, dictionaries have never made any young scholar’s most-fun book list. The Ditzy Dictionary just might do it!

Students will enjoy matching regular words to their ditzy definitions. “Vitamin,” for example, sheds its standard meaning and becomes “what you do when a friends shows up at your front door.” “Arbitrator” morphs into “a person who works at Arby’s but eats at McDonalds.” And “melancholy?” Well, that’s “a breed of dog shaped like a cantaloupe.”

The 100-word Ditzy Dictionary is organized into 5 parts with 20 terms each. Full answer keys are included.

Use this free download to interject a little controlled fun into the EOG testing schedule and those rambunctious last few days of school.

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Treat your class (and yourself) to this FREE, end-of-the-year vocabulary brain teaser with a related graphic organizer for writing.
First, students are ask to identify words that conceal the summer terms GO, SEE, FUN, SUN, NAP, and EAT. You get two sets of HIDDEN SUMMER with 35 items each.Use the writing graphic organizer, MY KIND OF SUMMER, to coax one more composition from your students.
Both the vocabulary activities and the graphic organizer are perfectly suited for those days between the EOG testing schedule and the final dismissal bell.
Full keys are included. Six pages.
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This free download is taken from Brain Teasers for Young Scholars, one of our Word Works packages.

The three activities are:
OIC:  Students must answer questions with letters of the alphabet rather than words.
Connections:  Tread your brightest students to a mental workout that requires studying 3 given  words and determining the common word that connects them.  It’s more difficult that it looks!
Categories:  Students are instructed to study the sets of five words and determine their category.

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Plan ahead for November with Stuffed Words, February with Hail to the Chief, and spring/Easter with Scrambled Eggs. These three seasonal activities, taken from Seasonal Brain Teasers and Vocabulary Builders for Young Scholars of the Word Works Series, engage students in interpretive thinking, dictionary use, and research skills.

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