Maths Word Search


A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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  • Mrs. Waller, Moulsham High School
  • I entered the words: "speed", "equals", "distance", "divided", "by", and "time" on a 9x9 grid. Once the students had found the words we arranged them to give the correct formula.
  • Transum,
  • That is a great idea Mrs Waller. How about circumference, divided, by, pi, equals, diameter? Or prime, numbers, have, exactly, two, factors? Or eighteen, is, twice, the, sum, of, its, digits?
  • Sarah Exon, Avonside Girls High School
  • I've used this a couple of times today and it's great fun but each time at least one word seems to be missing. Is this intentional? or is it just not possible to create it with the words I've picked? sorry if this is written somewhere and I've missed it!

    Transum: Thanks for your feedback Sarah. If the number of words or the length of the words make it impossible for them to be placed into a grid of the selected size then some words may have to be missed out.

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Note to teacher: Click the button below to regenerate another version of this starter from our database of Maths words. You can use this starter many times and a new puzzle is created each time.

While not a primarily a mathematical activity as such, this word search does promote the familiarity with the chosen vocabulary. You can let the computer randomly select mathematical words from the database or you could type in words associated with the topic the pupils are currently studying.

For example you may want your pupils to become more aware of the names of the platonic solids (cube, dodecahedron, icosahedron, octahedron, and tetrahedron) or the order of operations (brackets, indices, division, multiplication, addition and subtraction).

You may want to print off the word search in advance of the lesson if pupils find it doing this sort of activity from the board.

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Laptops In Lessons

Teacher, do your students have access to computers such as tablets, iPads or Laptops?  This page was really designed for projection on a whiteboard but if you really want the students to have access to it here is a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments:

However it would be better to assign one of the student interactive activities below.

Laptops In Lessons

Here is the URL which will take them to an interactive word search.

Student Activity



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