Free Printable Pencil Secret Code Word Puzzles for Word Work

These pencil secret code word puzzles are one of our favorite editable printables! They are so easy to differentiate and perfect for literacy centers.

This pencil secret code word puzzle is a fun way to learn sight words, spelling words, names and more! Perfect for literacy centers in kindergarten, first grade and even second grade.

Pencil Secret Code Word Puzzles

We are loving editable printables lately. I am teaching kids who are at very different grade levels and having editable activities means they both can work on similar activities while still getting exactly what they need.

Puzzles are always enjoyed by the kids, so I decided to combine their enjoyment of puzzles with the fun of cracking a secret code.

These puzzles require kids to utilize critical thinking skills by cracking the secret code and then completing the puzzle.

The pencil secret code puzzles have really kept the kids engaged in learning while having fun!

A fun back to school literacy activity to teach sight words, spelling words, names and more. Use them for word work during centers or small group.

Differentiating the Editable Puzzles

These are very easy to differentiate. Type any words in on the first page and the puzzles will auto-populate with the words you put in.

One side of the puzzle will show the phonics font and the other side will show a regular font.

If your kids are learning to read simple CVC words, you can type those in.

If they are still working on letters and letter sounds, you can use these too! Just type a letter into each box on the first page. The puzzles will show an object that represents a sound on one side and the letter that makes that sound on the other side.

You can even use them for longer spelling words. There are so many possibilities for literacy activities.

Unfortunately, the phonics font doesn’t have a number option, so you can’t use this one for numbers. Maybe I’ll make a number version one day.

Secret code word puzzles for learning names or doing word work.

How to Use the Secret Code Word Puzzles

Supplies Needed:

  • The Pencil Secret Code Word Puzzles (button to download at the bottom of this post)
  • Card stock

*You will probably want to laminate these if they will get heavy use.

The kids will love this pencil theme word work activity for morning work, literacy centers or small group instruction.

You will type the 12 words you would like to use for this specific set of puzzles into the blue boxes on the “How to Begin” page in the document and they will auto-populate to the puzzles.

This makes it super simple and easy for you to use the cards. No need to download fonts or size it to fit. The font is embedded and all you need to do is type your word list once.

If you want to use this for lots of different lists, just save each file with a different file name. For example, “word list 1,” “word list 2,” “word list 3” and so on.

That’s all! The kids are going to have a blast learning sight words, letters, spelling words and more with these fun pencil secret code word puzzles.

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