Set of alphabet letters used in Crossword Names games

Crossword Names

Engaging icebreaker to introduce name-knowing to groups.

  • Quick set-up
  • Highly interactive
  • Promotes collaboration
  • Assists learning names
  • Multiple variations


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  1. jeWElle de Mesa

    thaaaaanks for this, mark.

    verrrrry quickly – for diversity – with enough time – have learners choose their own colors, shapes and writing instruments, et al. these choices can be used in future sharing opportunities about:
    1) reasons for choice
    2) how the shapes, colors, et al represent them
    3) other topics for diversity – same letters/different shapes, et al

    • Mark

      I really appreciate how you have added a diversity angle to this activity, thanks for sharing JeWeL.

    • jeWElle de Mesa

      We’ve also added a ‘creatively directional’ angle – as a starting point, a crossword phrase or statement is placed in the middle of a wall/floor/table.

      With the current project I’m supporting (data-driven development or 3D), we thought writing the name of the area plus ‘is 3D’ might help get the ball rolling, eg MELBOURNE IS 3D.

      The spaces can be empty squares, or in one area, they put IS on one square.

      All 10 areas we worked with wanted the challenge of putting all names on the board. Following this, we added a reflection question: What were some of the ways/methods we used to ensure that all names are reflected? Some responses that came up were – using full or nicknames, abbreviations (jr. for junior).


      • Mark

        Beautiful JeWElle, I always appreciate your creativity and willingness to share.

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