Tip: Riddle Me!
How do I do it?
Model making a riddle with a content vocabulary word. For example, pyramid: "I am heavy, made of blocks, and very old. What am I?" Students can make their own riddle on cards with the clue on one side and the answer on the other. Or with a foldable with 4 flaps to open on the cover to reveal a picture of the vocabulary word (see image above.)
Variations & Extensions
For younger or lower proficiency students, write down what they dictate or provide sentence frames like, “I am _____.” “I feel _____.” “I look _____.” Provide a word list to help students write their clues. Play Riddle Me! whole class but with 20 clues that become progressively easier. Give points to class starting with 20 and reduce the points they get towards a popcorn party or other celebration by each clue they get until they guess the correct word. For example, if they guess the answer after 5 clues, they get 15 points. Individuals or groups can make 20 questions riddles for others.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
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