Back to School Word Scramble (easy & hard versions)

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This fun back to school word scramble can be played at any time of the year, in the New Year, after spring break, or in August when they start a new year.

We have created an easier and harder version of this back to school scramble game, perfect for upper elementary and middle school kids.

There are 12 fun school-themed words to unscramble and to help out I have included the answers in the download.

These word scrambles are perfect first day of school worksheets.

Alt text for image 1: "Printable 'Back to School Word Scramble' activity sheets with scrambled words like 'SCHOOL,' 'TEACHER,' and 'LIBRARY,' set against a blue and yellow border. The bottom of the image

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Unscramble the back to school themed words

These free word scramble printables are great either for the classroom, or homeschooling.

This free printable back-to-school word scramble is free to print but is for personal or classroom use only. Scroll to the bottom of the page to get the pdf file.

This back to school word unscramble is a great game for elementary and middle school-aged kids. I have added two versions of the word game.

One has no clues at all, and one has the actual words around the side of the puzzle to make it easier for younger kids.

Print off as many copies as you need and just have fun. Let me know in the comments what your hardest word was.

We also love playing Mad Libs all year round, but this first day of school mad libs book is another great fun activity to keep them entertained. It’ll also make a great back to school gifts for homeschoolers.

The first sheet is the easiest word scramble.

They all have 12 words to find, but this version below has the answers written in green around the sides. This will make it much easier for younger children.

A single 'Back to School Word Scramble' sheet with green bead decorations forming a heart shape above it and a blue pen lying to the right. Educational scramble words like 'HISTORY' and 'PENCIL' await solving, with a blue and yellow border framing the page.

The second word scramble is much harder.

There are no answers at all, so the children have to try and unscramble the words. The only clue is, all of the words are related to school!

Back to School Word Scramble' worksheet placed on a white surface, with blue bead decorations forming a question mark and a blue pen to the right. The words to unscramble, like 'TEACHER' and 'CLASSROOM,' are listed on the left with blank spaces for answers.

Back to school word scramble answers

The 12 school-related words to find are: ( I have included an answer sheet with the download.)

  • Teacher
  • School
  • Science
  • History
  • Math
  • Education
  • Stationery
  • Books
  • Binder
  • Library
  • Pencil
  • Students

The kids will also enjoy our free back to school word search.

Other back to school printables

Save a huge amount of time and grab this printable and 8 other activities with our first day of school activities bundle.

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Tips for downloading the free files

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Within minutes you will be sent the free PDF directly to your email address, so you can print it out and start using it immediately.

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Print out the free word scramble to play on the first day of school

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Last Updated on 3 June 2024 by Clare Brown

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