Using riddles to develop student's vocabulary skills


The riddle is a misleading or puzzling question that people pose as a problem to be solved.    In past cultures the riddle was often used as a guessing game from folklore. 

Folklore incorporated riddles to boost creative thinking and logic.  In addition riddles that are well written help with vocabulary development and understanding. Students become more aware of how to solve riddles by reading the clues that are written describing people, animals, places, or objects.

Methods / Teaching Strategies

·        Modeled Practice

·        Questioning

·        Individual Task

Assessment of Learning

·         Riddles Worksheet (provided)

·         Demonstrated an understanding of writing clues to describe people, animals, places, or objects by writing a riddle


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Great lesson for students about riddles


Riddles are often called “brainteasers” because they cause a person to have to think outside the box. This means that answers to riddles often have a double or veiled meaning. 

This activity will allow students to develop an understanding of what a riddle is and how to look at solving riddles.  The riddles worksheet and activity provides students with the opportunity to gain some basic knowledge and practice in reading and solving riddles.

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