Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss how to create a word search to teach a lesson.There are educational websites that will help you create a word search for free. But stay away from websites that require your money, your personal information, or for you to download software. One example is A2ZTeacherStuff. They'll let you put in the title of the puzzle, the words of the puzzle, and how big - the dimensions. Is it 15 rows by 10 columns? Exactly how big you'd like it.And the difficulty of the puzzle just doesn't depend on the size, but also where and how to find the words. Are they forward and backward up and down, or diagonal? After you finish submitting the information for your puzzle, you'll get a printout like this. Or you can turn to a browser website such as Google.com, and print one of these images out of a pre-existing blank puzzle. You can take that blank image and create words and clues to go with it.Or you can turn to some good old-fashioned graph paper, or you can print some out from online from a free resource like abcteach.com, or About.com's own homeschooling site. Fill in the words you want your students to find, and fill in all those blank spaces with alternate letters. And don't forget that you're using the word search in conjunction with your lesson of the week. Perhaps the topic is the 50 states or perhaps it's dinosaurs. You can attach a coloring page to the back of this worksheet and make it a combined lesson, where the students color in the image, and do the word search.And think outside the box. One way to create a word search is not to create it yourself, but ask the students to create it. So if you have one of those blank word search pages or graph paper, ask your students to create a word search on the topic of the week. And give them some limitations - for instance, find five words, or find ten words, or only have diagonal, or up and down and back and forth.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.