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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.

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.

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

Difficulty Level

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.

This hard word search has 35 hidden words for kids to find and circle. They are hidden in a 19 X 20 grid of uppercase letters.

The words can be found in every possible direction: forwards, backwards, upside down – horizontally, vertically and diagonally.

Back to School Words

The puzzle has 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.

More Back to School Printables

Here are some more free printable back to school word puzzles:

Answer Key

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

A color coded answer key to easily see the hidden words in a difficult back to school word search. The puzzle has 35 hidden words in a 19 X 20 grid of uppercase letters.

Wednesday 15th of May 2024

Give that back to School word search please!!!

Melanie Thomas

Wednesday 15th of May 2024

Use any of the 2 forms, and the word search will be sent to your email. If you want more detailed instructions, look in the footer at the link: "How to Download the Free Printables". There's a short video where I walk through step by step.

Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

Thank you for giving answer key of word search

Wednesday 26th of April 2023

love it


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!!!!