While we prepare to celebrate Juneteenth, kids can learn about the holiday, its importance and its history with this free printable Juneteenth Word Search Puzzle.
Juneteenth is the celebration and commemoration of June 19, 1865 when enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were finally told they were free, two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
On this date, Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day and Juneteenth Independence Day has been celebrated in Black communities since the late 1800s and now it is celebrated across the United States with parades, festivals, cultural celebrations, food and music.
This Juneteenth themed puzzle features 20 words related to the holiday such as emancipation, freedom, Texas and more. All the words can be found by searching vertically, horizontally or diagonally.
This worksheet is a great addition to classroom Juneteenth lesson plan or homeschool curriculum to help kids review and understand these words and support discussion about how they play a part both in the history of slavery and emancipation and in the celebration of Juneteenth.
Grab the free printable Juneteenth Word Search Puzzle here. You can simply print out the puzzle on copy paper, or you can print it out, trim down the size and mount on sheets of festive colored construction paper if you’re using it as a Juneteenth party activity. Print out as many copies as you need!