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Difficult Back to School Word Search

Challenge elementary aged students with this difficult back to school word search.

The puzzle is free to download and print.

The word search is most suited for elementary kids in grades 3 to 6 who can handle a tougher level of difficulty.

If you prefer a different level, check out these back to school word searches for kids 4th grade and younger, or this 5th grade or 6th grade puzzle.

A back to school word search puzzle with 35 words hidden in a 19 X 20 grid of letters.

A word search for kids is a great way to work on spelling right off the back, but in a fun, low key way. While they are hunting for each word, they will be focusing on the individual letters that make up a word.

Back to School Words

This hard level word search has 35 hidden words for kids to find and circle. The words can be found in every possible direction: forwards, backwards, upside down – horizontally, vertically and diagonally.

There are school words like:

  • school, teacher, students, learn, subjects, grades, homework, recess, elementary

School subjects:

  • Art, Drama, English, Geography, Health, History, Language Arts, Math, Music, Physical Education, Social Studies, Spelling, Science

Other things kids learn in school:

  • alphabet, numbers, reading, writing

School supplies:

  • backpack, books, crayons, pencil, scissors

Things you might see at school:

  • classroom, desk, friends, library
Back to school word search pdf with 35 school words hidden in a 19 X 20 grid of letters.

Free Printable Word Search

The challenging back to school word search puzzle can be downloaded free below. The pdf comes with an answer sheet.

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Answer Key

Here is the answer key for this back to school word search:

answer key for difficult back to school word search

Wednesday 26th of April 2023

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Sunday 9th of April 2023

I would like this word search

Shu Hua

Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Thanks my school had this and I was on the computer and found this. It was identical to the one my school gave me!! So I went to the answer key and I was the first one to finish and got a cookie and 10 points!!!!

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

I want back to school word puzzel answer

Melanie Thomas

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Ok. The answers are always available on the 2nd page of the pdf. But I will post the answer key here as well.

A Richey

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

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