Why animal riddles?Riddling is a universal art.All cultures around the world have their unique riddles.
This latter is very important for people of all ages.
But,since we are targeting young learners,we will shed some light over riddles’ benefits for children.
Using riddles has plenty of benefits for our learners and we can mention:
1.The improvement of their thinking skills because,they decode,analyse and even create thanks to these riddles.
2.The development of their social skills while dealing with peers.
3.Riddles improve learners’ vocabulary because they start asking for the meaning of the words that they don’t know or understand.
4.Riddles entertain and encourage pupils to learn .
These are some of the sweet fruits that we can get from riddles.
For today’s post,I chose Doraemon as a source of motivation for my pupils because chasing their interests is the key to a successful lesson plan.
By the end of the lesson,pupils will be able to write animal riddles (They will describe animals)
Cartoon characters,animal riddles on popsicle sticks,pictures,song
The Lead in:
The teacher starts the lesson by using OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM song for learners.They listen ,of course,it’s preferable to act with the song,it means,all the pupils and the teacher sing together to get some entertainment and to be prepared for the lesson.
The teacher splits learners into groups of mixed abilities and gives them the chance to name their groups because they will start a competition.
The teacher sticks DORAEMON and Dorami on the board
Then he provides each group with three riddles
Pupils compete to solve all the riddles (time’oriented)
Once pupils solve the riddles ,they will have 12 riddles about different animals.At this stage ,pupils can move from one group to an other to check the others’ riddles .Leave a representative in each group to have the role of the teacher(he will explain for the members who come for the visit).
The teacher gives each group three to four different pictures(optional) of animals.
Pupils now have to write their own riddles,they will think ,analyse and create.They will transfer no-verbal messages(pictures)into verbal ones.
The teacher gives them time to think .
The pupils will use their knowledge,they will ask each other and they can even ask the teacher.Also,they are allowed to use dictionaries to write the riddles.
Riddles contain the description of the animals,kind,food,habitat or shelter,……etc
After they finish,they will compete to answer all the riddles.
A pupil from group one stands up and tells a riddle to group two.Group two is gven few seconds to answer or they lose the chance.They discuss and give the answer(social skills)
Next a member from group two tells group three about a riddle and the same process goes on till we finish all the riddles.
Meanwhile the teacher gathers marks and writes them on each group’s column.
Once we finish we choose three different riddles(the best ones)to be written on the board as a sample.It’s preferable to use different categories ,I mean,one riddle about a pet,the other about a wild animal and the third about a domestic animal.
As a homework;Ask learners to write more riddles at home using their own style and pictures.
How to design the materials
Print Doraemon’s and dorami’s pictures.Cut them ,stick them on hard papers and, of course,you have to cut the pocket.
To design the riddles,use the word programme to make them,cut them and use a tape of scotch to cover them to look like cards.
For the animals,use the word programme to design the cards,cut them,scotch them and then stick them on popsicle sticks.Use numbers.
Finally,design a case to put the whole materials in.