3rd Grade Oral Language Resources

Content Objectives

Students will:

• Learn about the concept of riddles.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about riddles and puzzles.
• Explore and apply understanding of the concept of riddles.

Language Objectives

Students will:

• Demonstrate an understanding of what makes a riddle.
• Orally use words that identify different types of riddles and puzzles.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about riddles.
• Use key concept words [riddle, solve, puzzle, number, brain• teaser].



• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about riddles:
• Riddles are problems or brain• teasers that require a lot of thinking to solve.
• Some riddles involve numbers, and some involve words.
• Puzzles are like riddles that you solve with your eyes and hands.


• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: How does the person in this photograph look? (thoughtful, confused).
• Ask students: What does it take to solve a riddle? (thought, brain power, time, clever thinking).
• Say: Riddles and puzzles are really fun brain• teasers! Sometimes they can be very difficult to figure out. It is fun to try and solve riddles with friends. What riddles have you solved? (answers will vary).

Guided Practice

• Guide students through the next four slides, showing them examples of different kinds of riddles and puzzles. Always have the students discuss what riddles they would like to solve.


• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to discuss the answer to the riddle they have just solved. After the second game, have them try to come up with their own riddles.


• Ask students: Why do you think people enjoy riddles?
• Summarize for students that riddles can be fun and challenging. Encourage them to think about methods for solving riddles.