Wacky Wednesday - Days of the Week Riddles! July 22 2009

Days of the Week Riddles!

Why Use Riddles?

Strengthen Endurance – Whenever I hear a riddle, I want the answer NOW! Thinking through possible answers to a riddle helps kids learn how to deal with frustration and practice patience. It also helps our brains do some stretching and exercising in different ways, probably a bit difficult after the summer break.

Build Community – If your kids are sitting in small groups, give each group a different riddle to figure out and then present to the class. Before giving them work time, set up ground rules for how people need to work together in a group. Then sit back and observe. After presentations, hold a debriefing session about what was fun and also difficult about working in a group.

Have Fun! Presenting kids with riddles and jokes is like tricking them into learning, whether it’s teaching them different strategies to think through problems or how to work together in a group.

Stump your kids with these clever riddles involving the calendar:

  • Which letters do Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday have in common?
    None! None of them have “c,” “o,” “m,” or “n.”
  • A man rode into town on a Tuesday. Two days later, he rode out on a Tuesday. How was he able to do this?
    His horse was named Tuesday.
  • What are the two strongest days of the week?
    Saturday and Sunday. The rest are week (“weak”) days.
  • How many seconds are there in one year?
    Twelve. January 2nd, February 2nd…
  • A man was locked in a room with only a bed, a calendar, and a piano. How did he drink, how did he eat, and how did he get out?
    The first man drank from the springs of the bed, ate the dates off the calendar and played the piano until he found the right key, which he used to unlock the door.

Courtesy of Jokes in English for the ESL/EFL Classroom

Flippin’ Through the Year

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