Teaching Figurative Language Using Jokes, Riddles, and Puns:
Worksheets, Bingo, and I Have... Who Has? Game
Children love jokes! Students enjoy word play that surprises them in a pleasant way. Jokes, puns, and riddles help students learn about figurative language, multiple meanings, and problem-solving.
Introduce, reinforce, or review figurative language with these fun, easy-to-use worksheets and games! Students will enjoy these entertaining, bridging activities for lessons on idioms, metaphors, similes, and homophones. Easy prep!
This resource includes:
- Understanding Riddles (1 lesson/3 worksheets)
- Riddles That Use Multiple Meanings (1 lesson/4worksheets)
- I Have... Who Has? Game Set (36 riddle cards)
- I Have... Who Has? Numbered Answer Sheet
- Bingo: Learning with Riddles (35 game boards)
- Numbered Riddle Chart (tracks riddle use for each round)
- Full page Answer Keys (all worksheets)
The clear, detailed worksheets, the I Have... Who Has? game cards, and the Riddle Bingo activity are all well-suited for use by a substitute. The games can also be used during free time, as a whole-class reward, or for class parties.
Your students will be having so much fun, they won't even realize they're learning!
Riddles are especially fun and challenging. Riddles pose a puzzling question which requires students to come up an appropriate answer that is clever or funny.
Q: Did you hear about the big, paddle sale at the boat store?
A: It was quite an oar deal. (ordeal)
Q: What is the most slippery country in the world?
A: Greece. (grease)
Something is funny when a real-world event doesn't match up with the mental model of what should happen.
Understanding humor can also help students:
* improve reading and listening comprehension skills,
* build their vocabulary by learning new words and meanings,
* strengthen their memory skills by sharing jokes with others,
* develop an appreciation for reading-- especially joke books, and
* learn problem-solving and creative thinking skills by figuring out or writing jokes of their own.
Exposure to jokes can increase students' ability to understand and enjoy humor. This is an important language and social skill. Who doesn't enjoy telling and hearing jokes?!
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