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SUBMITTED BY: Lindsay Upton





DATE ADDED: Apr 08, 2011


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15-50 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: Give the students hints and let them try to guess the English word.



  • Riddles attachment: Make the font for each riddle paragraph very large, then print out using the poster size printer. Cut out each sentence and tape them together so it is one long strip of paper. The hints are arranged from hardest to easiest for each word. Roll up the paper back to front (so that the first clue, the hardest one, can be seen first when you unroll it).
  • 1 piece of paper for each group



  1. After the students make groups, give each group a piece of paper.
  2. Unroll the paper to show the first clue, and read it aloud.
  3. Give the students a minute to talk in their groups. They can write 1 guess on their piece of paper, making sure the other groups don't see.
  4. Teachers go around and check the papers for each gorup, award points to the groups with the correct answers. Continue by showing the next clue.
  5. Award points to the teams based on how quickly they guess the answer: 3 points for guessing on the first two hints, 2 points for the third/fourth hint, and 1 point for the fifth hint.
  6. When all the hints of been read, ask the students to say the answer.
  7. After all the hints have been given and the answer is given, it is a good idea to have the JTE quickly cover the meaning of the sentences, for those groups that had trouble understanding.



  • Instead of unrolling a long string of hints on paper, you can also just read each hint verbally.



  • 4 complete riddles takes about 30 minutes to complete.



  • Make sure you emphasise to the students that it is a competition, so they should NOT shout out the answers or discuss their guesses too loudly.

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