I am using the book “Emil und die Detektive” by Erich Kästner with a Year 11 group who did their GCSE in Year 10. The challenge is to familarise them with key words in a chapter so that we can then read it without constantly stopping and starting. One of the most successful ways I did this was to give them a wordsearch copied on to A3 paper , one wordsearch per group. The words to find were written in English and the hidden words were in German. I didn’t have the highest hopes for this, but the students were really engaged. They were desperate to be the first to complete the wordsearch. Worth a try!
Here is my wordsearch with its solution: