Crossword

Themed crosswords for spelling, reading or revision of key facts.

A reading comprehension exercise differentiated Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3 Functional Skills English. 

Based on an article from Spring 2020 about finding wild plants in towns.  Designed for a mixed ability class so that everyone could be working on the same theme.  [An E1 version is also available]. Questions cover almost all E2 and E3 FS Reading criteria and allow for practice in sentence writing as well as comprehension.

Level
E2
E3
English
FE E2.7 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E2.8 Understand the main points in texts
E2.10 Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words and check their spelling (e.g. a simple dictionary, spell-checker)
E2.11 Read and understand sentences with more than one clause
FE E2.12 Use illustrations, images and captions to locate information
FE E3.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE E3.9 Identify, understand and extract the main points and ideas in and from texts
E3.10 Identify different purposes of straightforward texts
FE E3.11 Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words (e.g. a dictionary, working out meaning from context; using knowledge of different word types)
FE E3.12 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contents, index, menus, tabs and links)
Context
Science, Nature & Weather

A set of  Entry Level 1 Functional English tasks based on an article from Spring 2020 about finding wild plants in towns. Designed for a mixed ability class so that everyone could be working on the same theme. [An E2-3 version is also available]. Includes multiple choice comprehension questions; sentence writing, punctuation and alphabetical order questions; and speaking and listening activities.

Level
E1
English
FE E1.1 Say the names of the letters of the alphabet
FE E1.4 Make requests and ask straightforward questions using appropriate terms and registers
FE E1.5 Respond to questions about specific information
FE E1.6 Make clear statements about basic information and communicate feelings and opinions on straightforward topics
E1.7 Understand and participate in simple discussions or exchanges with another person about a straightforward topic
FE E1.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
FE E1.9 Read simple sentences containing one clause
FE E1.10 Understand a short piece of text on a simple subject
FE E1.11 Punctuate simple sentences with a capital letter and a full stop
FE E1.12 Use a capital letter for the personal pronoun ‘I’ and the first letter of proper nouns
FE E1.13 Use lower-case letters when there is no reason to use capital letters
E1.14 Write the letters of the alphabet in sequence and in both upper and lower case
E1.16 Communicate information in words, phrases and simple sentences
Context
Science, Nature & Weather

A reading based on a news item. Includes comprehension questions, wordsearch puzzle, crossword, putting words in order to make sentences.

Editor’s note
Aimed at E2-E3 but some parts are suitable for E1 (with support). With Functional Skills mapping.

Level
E3
E2
English
AL Rt/E3.1 Understand longer texts
AL Rt/E2.1 Follow main points of short texts
Functional English reading
Context
Animal care, farming & equine

A set of resources which explains the use of conjunctions and worksheets to practise using them correctly. Eight common conjunctions are covered in 5 different worksheets, along with a useful handout and a related word fill puzzle to check understanding.
Mapped to Entry Level 2 Functional English and E2-L1 Adult Literacy

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/L1.1
Ws/E3.1
Ws/E2.1
ESOL
ESOL Ws/L1.1a
ESOL Ws/E3.1a
ESOL Ws/E2.1a

[img_assist|nid=4771|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=69]Another great set of three comprehension resources from Australia. Each with a related, differentiated crossword puzzle. All based on the same Australian news article about the danger of swooping magpies.
The Satellite (Australia) September 13 2010
http://www.thesatellite.com.au/story/2010/09/13/steer-clear-of-swooping…

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English reading
AL Recognise and understand a range of words
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Animal care, farming & equine

[img_assist|nid=4701|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=72|height=100]A wonderful set of three comprehension resources, each with a related, differentiated crossword puzzle. All based on the same Australian news article about the sudden popularity of Dunlop volley shoes / sandshoes (tennis shoes to us Brits!) in New York. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/business/volley-shoes-taking-a-bite-ou…

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
English
AL Reading: comprehension
AL Recognise and understand a range of words
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level 1 reading comprehension, spelling and vocabulary tasks based on an Australian local news article about a successful youth art project in Deception Bay. The tasks can be concluded nicely with a related crossword puzzle – ideal for individual work or for group work if displayed on an IWB.

Level
L1
English
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies
AL Reading: comprehension
AL Recognise and understand a range of words
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Set of interactive and paper based activities based on buying and describing clothes. The on-screen activities (match words and pictures, drag and drop sentences, cloze activitiy, crossword) make a good group activity on an interactive whiteboard and can be extended and consolidated using the dialogue prompts, vocabulary cards and other activities in the PDF document.

Level
E1
English
General literacy / English
ESOL
General ESOL
ICT
Entry 1 and 2 ICT
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

An outstanding resource for E1 emerging readers. Based on a humorous story, this set of multi-sensory phonics activities includes a 2 page story; detailed tutor notes; various sets of word cards for spelling, reading, rhyming, listening/speaking and alphabetical order activities; and a crossword.

Level
E1
English
AL Rw/E1.2 Decode simple, regular words
AL Apply strategies to spell correctly
Follow and understand
Fiction

A recently designed resource that I wanted to share with my fellow skillsworkshop users. I wanted something to use with my learners as a spelling lesson. I have tried to involve various activities to help motivate and keep interest whilst learning spellings.

Resource includes a cloze exercise, comprehension questions, homophones and plurals, and a final crossword to check skills.

Level
L1
E3
English
Prefixes, suffixes & plurals
AL Ww/L1.1 Spell & use spelling strategies
AL Rt/L1.1 Understand continuous texts
AL Rt/E3.1 Understand longer texts
Ww/E3.2
Homophones, homographs & confusables
Context
History
Catering Food Nutrition