Once upon a time, as a fairly new teacher, I had my first graders prepare a riddle to tell the class on April Fools Day. That's what's known as a tactical error. :) One child would mistell the riddle way beyond the point of making sense, and 20 others would be convulsed in hysterical laughter. Again. And again. It was a verrrry long day. :)
No doubt about it, the little guys love riddles, and riddles actually do have a useful place in the curriculum. As children learn to connect the information in the clues and discard choices that don't fit across all the clues, they are determining key details. This foundational understanding will lead to making inferences and drawing conclusions.
Here's a seasonal freebie for you that will have your K-2 students determining key details in 24 riddles, applying their prior knowledge, and inferring the answers.
These riddles are a form of informational text, featuring autumn social studies and science topics, including apples, Johnny Appleseed, Columbus, fire safety, pumpkins, leaves, autumn months, bats, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.
Use the cards for whole class or small group lessons on key details and inference. They'll also make a good matching or pocket chart activity for a literacy center. There's a four-in-a-row game board for more practice with the same vocabulary, and even a riddle-writing activity included in this set!
Click here to download it from my TeachersPayTeachers store. Click here to see lots more riddle sets like this one!
Do you have any special hints for teaching key details and inference? Please leave a comment below!