1. Introduction to Create a Crossword Puzzle

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Crossword puzzles can help you practice spelling and vocabulary for school subjects. But they are also a lot of fun! You can even create a crossword to challenge friends and family.

A crossword is a word puzzle that is completed in a grid. People solve clues to help them fill in the correct words in the puzzle. In this lesson, you will create your own crossword puzzle by adding words and clues in a spreadsheet. Start by thinking of a theme for your crossword puzzle. Choosing a theme will help you decide which words to use. And, when people work on your puzzle, the theme will provide a hint for which kind of words to guess.

Your theme can be: Something you like to do, Somewhere you would like to go, A subject you want to review for school, or A topic you care about.

This lesson uses Google Sheets, but you could apply these skills and concepts in most other spreadsheet applications or even on paper. To work on this lesson, sign in to your Google account. Open a new tab in your browser, and navigate to Google dot com. If you are not signed in, do so now. If you do not have a Google account, pause the video and create one now.

To begin, open Google Drive, create a new spreadsheet, and name it.

Then, move on to the next video to set up your crossword puzzle. Now, it’s your turn: Log in to your Google account and open Google Drive, and Create a new spreadsheet and name it.


    Now, it’s your turn:
  1. Log in to your Google account and open Google Drive.
  2. Create a new spreadsheet and name it.
Before sharing your work with your teacher, follow these steps to give them access to your file:
  1. Open your file.
  2. Click "Share" in the upper right corner.
  3. Add your teacher's email address.
  4. Give them "Commenter" or "Editor" access
  5. Click "Done"