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Cryptograms

1.  Q BAWK HI HZQUF Q XVA QUKWTQAQDW, GBH UIX Q’C UIH AI ABEW.

2. KP VKMJU NRMJV GCPS PTM BMCVPT NV BUJHNJCNVS, KP VKMJU NRMJV GCPS SJTL NV CMVMJCOW.

3. Q PALPORJBAL BJ JBNFOW SKI FOQPI HKIXI WAR DAS SBXIC AV SKBLUBLD.

Answers:

1. I USED TO THINK I WAS INDECISIVE, BUT NOW I’M NOT SO SURE.

2. TO STEAL IDEAS FROM ONE PERSON IS PLAGIARISM, TO STEAL IDEAS FROM MANY IS RESEARCH.

3. A CONCLUSION IS SIMPLY THE PLACE WHERE YOU GOT TIRED OF THINKING.

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More brain teasers

1. Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?

2. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

3. Billie was born on December 28th, yet her birthday always falls in the summer. How is this possible?

4. Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg is white” or “The yolk of the egg are white?”

5.  A farmer has five haystacks in one field and four haystacks in another. How many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in one field?

6. A farmer had nine sheep, and all but seven died. How many did he have left?

7. A woman gave birth to two sons who were born on the same hour of the same day of the same year but were not twins. How is this possible?

8. A man lives in a house with four walls. Each wall has a window. Each window has a southern exposure. A bear walks by. What color is the bear?

9. A black man dressed all in black, wearing a black mask, stands at a crossroads in a totally black-painted town. All of the streetlights in town are broken. There is no moon. A black-painted car without headlights drives straight toward him, but turns in time and doesn’t hit him. How did the driver know to swerve?

10.  Jack gave John the following challenge: “If you sit down in that chair, I bet I can make you get out of it before I run around the chair three times,” he said.

“Aw, that’s not fair,” John said. “You’ll just prick me with a pin or something.”

“Nope,” Jack said. “I won’t touch you, either directly or with any object. If you get out of the chair, it’ll be by your own choice.”

John thought, accepted the challenge, and lo and behold, Jack won the bet. How did he do it?

Answers:

1. Johnny

2. Mt. Everest. It just wasn’t discovered yet.

3. Billie lives in the southern hemisphere.

4. Egg yolks are yellow…

5. If he combines all his haystacks, they all become one big stack.

6. Seven.

7. They were two of triplets.

8. The only place each window could have a southern exposure is on the north pole. So the bear must have been a polar bear. The answer, therefore, is white.

9. It’s daytime…

10. John sat down in the chair. Jack ran around it twice, then said, “I’ll be back in a week to run the third time around!”

Riddles 2.

1. I can run but not walk. Wherever I go, thought follows close behind. What am I?

2. The man who invented it doesn’t want it. The man who bought it doesn’t need it. The man who needs it doesn’t know it. What is it?

3. I am mother and father, but never birth or nurse. I’m rarely still, but I never wander. What am I?

4. I never was, am always to be,
No one ever saw me, nor ever will,
And yet I am the confidence of all
To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball.
What am I?

5. All about, but cannot be seen,
Can be captured, cannot be held,
No throat, but can be heard.
What is it?

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Answers:

1. nose

2. a coffin

3. a tree

4.  tomorrow

5. the wind

Brain teasers

If you like brain teasers, you will love these:

1. By moving one of the following digits, make the equation correct. 62 – 63 = 1

2. You have 12 black socks and 12 white socks mixed up in a drawer. You’re up very early and it’s too dark to tell them apart. What’s the smallest number of socks you need to take out (blindly) to be sure of having a matching pair?

3. A rooster lays an egg at the very top of a slanted roof. Which side is the egg going to roll off on?

4. Tom’s mother has three children. One is named April, one is named May. What is the third one named?

5. A plane crashed on the border or US and Canada. Where do they bury the survivors?

6. What does this represent?
Pot OOOOOOOO

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Solutions:

1. 26 – 63 = 1, 2. 3 socks, 3. roosters don’t lay eggs…, 4. Tom , 5. You don’t bury survivors, 6. Potatoes (Pot + 8 Os)

Games for kids in an English lesson 3.

I Spy
The teacher says “I spy with my little eye something beginning with G”. Students try to guess the object (E.g. garbage can). Use classroom objects and with younger students use colors rather than letters e.g. “I spy with my little eye something (red).”
I’ve Got It
Have students sit in a circle. Give each student a flashcard or item. Ask “What is it?” and elicit the vocabulary. Call out the vocabulary and have the students stand up and say the flash card. Repeat until all the students are standing, then continue until all the students are sitting. Go at a fast pace so the students are sitting and standing rapidly.
Jeopardy
Make a jeopardy grid on the white board as follows:

Fruit Sports Animals Body
10 _______ _______ _______ _______
20 _______ _______ _______ _______
30 _______ _______ _______ _______
40 _______ _______ _______ _______
50 _______ _______ _______ _______

In teams, or individually, let the students randomly pick a category and the points to be attempted. The teacher will then ask a question and (a 40 point question should be more difficult than a 10 point question) if the students get the correct answer their team name is written in that box. When all the boxes are filled the team with the most points wins.

Map Game
Use a world map and elicit “Where are you from?”, “Where do you live?”, “Where do people speak Spanish?”, “Where’s China?”, and any other questions you can think of. Also show and tell the students about where you are from.

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Pass The Secret
Have the students sit in a circle. Show them that they have to whisper to the person next to them. Start the secret by whispering it to the student next to you, e.g. “It’s Windy.” Have the students pass the secret around the circle. The last student says the secret out loud. Compare how close it is to the original secret. If necessary, write the original secret on the board.
Pictionary
Have a student come up to the front and show him/her a flashcard. That student should draw it on the board. The first student to guess the picture gets a point. This can also be played in teams.

Shopping
Use plastic fruits, vegetables or corresponding flashcards. Gather the students around you and let them ask for what they want using a dialog such as: “What do you you want?”, “An apple, please.”, “Here you are.”, “Thank you.”, “You’re welcome.” Then the teacher calls back the objects from the students, “Apple, please”. Then the students put the fruit back into the basket.

Simon Says
Play Simon Says as a review using “touch” body parts, classroom objects, etc., or with actions. E.g. “Simon says touch your toes” = Students touch their toes. “Touch your eyes” = Students don’t move. When a student makes a mistake, he/she must sit out until the next round.

Tongue Twisters
Use these tongue twisters with older students. They work well as an extension activity.
1) She sells seashells by the seashore.
2) Rubber baby buggy bumpers.
3) Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
4) How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

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