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The Best Sites For Making Crossword Puzzles & Hangman Games

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I’ve already posted a list of sites where both teachers and students can make more sophisticated online games that would be useful for language development — The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.

Today, I’d like to create another “The Best…” list, this time focusing on more simple and “old-fashioned” word games like crossword puzzles and hangman. I’ll share places where you can create these games for free and have them hosted online so anyone can play them at anytime and will also list sites that allow you to easily create the games, but for printing out hard copies only.

Either way, the only way I think these activities provide occasional useful learning opportunities is when students create the games themselves.  Then, they can share them among their peers.  A speed competition can be a lot of fun. Personally, though, I don’t think anything beats a game of hangman on a classroom whiteboard with students divided into groups. In fact, you might find my article Games Students Play useful. In it, I share my (and my students) favorite classroom learning games.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Making Crossword Puzzles & Hangman Games:

Just Crosswords is an easy way to create an online crossword puzzle. No registration is required — just plug in the words and clues and the site hosts it for you.

You can create online hangman games (and do a lot more) at My Language Exchange. Registration (again, free and easy) is required).

Study Stack lets you easily create (after your register) flashcards, hangman games, word searches, and many more activities.

Play Kids Games is the latest addition to this list. Teachers can use their own content for a variety of games, including Hangman.

With the Flash Hangman Challenge, you can easily write a phrase, email it to a friend, and it will automatically be turned into a Hangman game that can also be posted on a teacher/student website or blog. No registration is required.

There are several sites that allow you to create crossword puzzles you can print-out for free. They include EdHelper, Puzzle-Maker, and Puzzlefast.

The well-known Puzzlemaker from Discovery Education lets you make a lot of other word games for print-out, but not crossword puzzles.

educaplay looks like a great free (as far as I can tell, at least) tool where you can easily create a ton of different kinds of educational interactives that you can link to or embed in your site. These include:

•Riddles
•Crosswords
•Wordsearch Puzzle
•Fill in the texts
•Dialogues
•Dictations
•Jumbled Word
•Jumbled Sentence
•Matching
•Quizzes
•Maps

For at least some of the them, including dictation, it provides the ability to record audio.

You can create Crossword Puzzles to print-out at Read Write Think.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

7 Comments

  1. Actually, on puzzlemaker, you can make crossword puzzles — they call it a criss-cross.

  2. http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/ Is a great way to test your friends knowledge.
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  3. My students enjoy working on Kubbu.com.

  4. myself i enjoy this website http://www.xlango.com

  5. ProProfs hangman games aren’t as good as they look. The Supreame Hangman game
    uses the same phrases over and over and you can’t reorder them so the students can only play the game once. The Hangman game you create yourself is so full of glitches it is impossible to use – it either mangles the words you type in into one word no matter how you type them or it randomly puts in the letter “R” as a word so there are nonsensical words in your game. It’s a shame because they are easy to embed and have such cute graphics.

  6. I used to use the Word Duck site all of the time, but it no longer exists. It is a shame, because the kids in my class loved playing it.

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