Word List: ALAMO REBEL BARRET REPUBLIC BOWIE SANANTONIO COST SANTAANNA CROCKETT TEXAS FREEDOM TRAVIS MEXICO WILLIAM
Computer programs are now available to automatically make these puzzles, but without access to such software, it is relatively easy to make such a puzzle by hand. Simply establish a grid with so many rows and columns. Place the words selected for the puzzle into the grid in any desired arrangement. Then fill in the remaining blank spaces with random letters. Don't forget to include in any exercise a list of the words to be found in the puzzle; or for particularly gifted students, simply give them the number of words to be found and the topic, and let them have at it.
As an alternative, the students can be asked to make the word search puzzles in groups or as individuals. The puzzles can then be exchanged, or the teacher can collect puzzles and use some of the better ones for the class in a later lesson. This can also be developed into a challenge match. A set of words can be given to two or more separate groups, with each group having to produce a word search puzzle with a set number of columns and rows (defined by the teacher). Each group has to use the same set of words, but the words can be hidden in any acceptable manner. The puzzles are then exchanged between groups, at a set time and in an established manner, and there is a race to be the group that cracks their assigned puzzle first.
The game can also be played in small groups with a set of tags for each group. In this case, a tag is placed on the back of each student in the group, and the group members then interact among themselves to guess the names. A student cannot see his or her own tag, but others can read it. To learn the name, a student has to ask questions of others in the group-questions with yes or no answers. If the student runs out of questions, the group can be permitted to give clues.