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Word Hunts for Independent Reading

These word hunts for independent reading will give your students specific skill practice.

word hunts for independent reading

This is another free resource for teachers from The Curriculum Corner.

After teaching specific language or reading skills, too often students are given countless worksheets to practice the skill.

We do believe there is a place for isolated skill practice in the classroom. However, we also see a need for other forms of practice.

It can be helpful for students to see the real world application of the skills they are learning.

These word hunts were created as a way to give students that practice.

Skills Within this Collection

  • -ed & -ing endings
  • -s & -es endings
  • nouns & verbs
  • adjectives
  • common & proper nouns
  • contractions
  • compound words
  • syllables
  • 4 blank pages for any skill

We added in the blank pages for you to be able to create your own word hunts. Simply write in the skill before copying.

word hunts for independent reading

How to Use these Pages

We suggest beginning with a mini-lesson. Make sure students are familiar with the skill.

Also, you will want to model what students will be doing during a read aloud.

Once students are comfortable with the task, they will practice on their own. During independent reading, they will complete the organizer.

Be sure to follow up with a quick check-in. Have students share what they found – this will also allow you to check for understanding once students have had the chance to practice.

*** Please note – we are big believers in students being able to enjoy their reading instead of always having to write. We like the idea of giving students five minutes to complete the page and then switching to just reading instead of reading while writing.

Download your free word study pages here:

Independent Reading Searches

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As with all of our resources, The Curriculum Corner creates these for free classroom use. Our products may not be sold. You may print and copy for your personal classroom use. These are also great for home school families!

You may not modify and resell in any form. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Tuesday 1st of December 2020

I can't download.

Jill & Cathy

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Here is the link:

Yvonne Chong

Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

I can't download ANYTHING!!!!!

Jill & Cathy

Thursday 13th of February 2020

Hi Yvonne, Not sure why you are having trouble. The download is at the bottom of the post and says "Independent Word Searches". What happens when you click on those words? If you can let us know maybe we can help problem solve. So sorry you struggled with this!

Bex Mawn

Monday 17th of December 2012

So fun! Thanks for posting!