How do you cultivate gratitude in students, reinforce a lesson in sentence structure, and teach a bit of literary history all at the same time? A beautiful word scramble is just the thing! This is the perfect way to slow down, take a deep breath and just chill with a good puzzle.
Whether you are teaching in a classroom, online – or both – this mini-activity provides a lovely way to slow down for a moment or two. We all know that holidays can be stressful: you provide that wonderful stability and gentleness that our kids need. And we want to thank you by giving you a handmade puzzle to enjoy. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writings are as relevant now as they were during his time – gratitude is a practice to be cultivated. And it’s been proven that puzzles like these help kids — and even adults — memorize a short quote by working with it as a puzzle.
Perfect to fill in time at the end of a language arts lesson pack, or to soak up a few extra minutes of class time. It can be done in class or at home.
Print and Go – No-Prep!
Everything is ready to print and go! It’s no-prep! Here’s how it works:
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said,
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.
The words in this quote have been scrambled, and your students will be challenged to solve the puzzle by arranging the words into the correct order, reconstructing the quote. Here’s the worksheet, with space below to work on:
It can also be projected and worked on in groups! Or, you can print out the little slips of torn “paper”, laminate them, and use them over and over as re-usable activity! We are also working on a drag-and-drop version — be sure to sign up for our free puzzle club when you download this activity, you will be the first to get the digital version for free!
An answer key is provided with the quote assembled. There’s also a biographical sketch included – so it’s an easy way to augment a lesson. You could even use it any time of the school year. And if you liked this, check out our freebie on October’s loveliness.
We hope you enjoy this freebie on gratitude!
–Eric and Friday from Puzzlemonster