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Vocabulary Riddles Book 1

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Grades: 4-8

Language Arts

Grades: 4-8

Language Arts

  •  Multiple Award Winner
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Build vocabulary the fun way with these thought provoking riddles. These riddles will entertain your students as well as build their PSAT and ACT vocabulary. Decoding the riddles can be an impetus for incorporating dynamic words into students' lexicons and their writing.

To decode each riddle, students must identify the meaning of four vocabulary words in the riddle. A series of questions after each riddle prompts analysis of the vocabulary words using definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and parts of speech. The last activity asks students to synthesize the meaning of all four vocabulary words by choosing the sentence that explains the vocabulary riddle. To accomplish this, each of the sentence's four synonyms must be evaluated for its compatibility with the context of the riddle's four vocabulary words.

Students learn to focus on:

  • Definitions of words
  • Parts of speech
  • Synonyms and antonyms

Product Details

Item#: 11901BBP
Author(s): Diane Hartsig
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-911-5
Pages: 32, perforated


The Old Schoolhouse Magazine - Homeschool Blue Ribbon Award for Favorite Middle School Product Tillywig Brain Child Award, Fall 2017

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"If one of your educational goals for your children is to teach context clues or vocabulary, I would recommend Vocabulary Riddles from Critical Thinking Co. because the lessons are simple, but truly effective. Over the years, we have had the most success and long term understanding from short, but consistent lessons. " - Latonya Moore, The Old Schoolhouse
"This highly entertaining book offers up a feast of fun, vocabulary-boosting riddles for readers to decipher. Each of the cleverly constructed riddles incorporates four vocabulary words, many of which appear on ACT and SAT vocabulary lists. Each riddle is followed by a series of questions through which the reader is led to analyze the vocabulary using definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and parts of speech. The final question asks students to evaluate several sentences in order to determine which one best decodes the riddle. To accomplish this, each sentence's four synonyms must be assessed as to their specific meaning as well as their compatibility with the corresponding vocabulary word within the context of the original statement. The book's activities have a puzzle-like quality that makes them pleasurable and engaging to do, qualities that motivate students to pore over the pages sleuthing, deducing, analyzing and, above all, learning!" - Tillywig Award Winner 2017 Product Review,