This activity takes very little teacher explanation. The students quickly learn how
to create riddles using the formula provided. The real challenge is for the students to
give just enough clues, so that the riddles are not too hard or are guessed too quickly.
Warning! Students enjoyed creating original riddles so much that
they wanted the teacher to guess each one!
Suggested Grade Level and Audience
3rd through 12th
Estimated Time Required
Student Learning Objectives
- To develop creative thinking skills
- To expand the use of new vocabulary words
- To practice writing, editing, and revising
- To reinforce word processing skills
- To communicate with a distant audience
- To engage in electronic transfer of information
- First....THINK of an object.
- Next...DESCRIBE the object in terms of color, shape, size, use, location, etc.
- Lastly...PERSONIFY the object. (That means to treat the object as though if were
speaking about itself)
I am sheltered by two walls as hard as cement.
I am found in the ocean.
I am white and sometimes yellow.
I am round and sometimes irregular.
I am valuable.
WHAT AM I? A pearl.
I have two hands.
I can communicate, but not talk.
I can move, but not walk.
WHAT AM I? A clock
I am sweet and innocent as a rose.
I weigh nothing.
I create relationships.
I am a nice feeling.
WHAT AM I? Love
Using the rules above. Create at least 3 original riddles of your own. (More will
be accepted for extra credit!)
THEN, put a check mark next to the one that you think is the best.