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If you are looking for a challenge you are in the right place. Brainteasers sometimes force students to think about situations a little differently so here you can find 74 worksheets including quizzes, puzzles, and riddles. This brainteaser worksheet has a simple riddle that is not really related to ESL but that your students might enjoy if you structure it as a short reading and speaking activity where students have to read the riddle and also present their answers to the class. The answer is posted as the first comment and is really quite clever. If you think that perhaps another type of activity would be better for your class, there are many more to choose from. If the preview does not give you a clear enough idea of the worksheet, simply download it onto your computer and look over the whole thing.
Brainteasers can be fun for students and are definitely challenging but unless there is a direct connection to ESL, try to keep these activities short so that students can maximize their time studying more common, everyday topics. On the other hand, some would argue that brainteasers help students with their problem solving and logic skills which are both very important for learners of any age. To help you decide whether or not brainteasers are right for you class, try one out and see how your students react. If they are enthusiastic about solving puzzles then you should feel free to include them in some of your lessons but if students struggle, give up, or become frustrated consider other activities instead.
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What Are Brainteasers?
A brain teaser is a form of puzzle that requires thought to solve. It often requires thinking in unconventional ways with given constraints in mind; sometimes it also involves lateral thinking. Logic puzzles and riddles are specific types of brain teasers. One of the earliest known brain teaser enthusiasts was the Greek mathematician Archimedes. He devised mathematical problems for his contemporaries to solve. One can argue about the answers of many brain teasers; in the given example with hens, one might claim that all the eggs in the question were laid in the first day, so the answer would be three. Some brainteasers can have many ways to get the solution.
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Song Worksheet: There's No Good in Goodbye

Song Worksheet: There's No Good in Goodbye

This is a worksheet about finding missing words that are taken from phrases to form a different meaning. The worksheet is based on the Script's song "No Good in Goodbye". There is also an extra bo ...
4 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Secret Thanksgiving Code

Secret Thanksgiving Code

This is a fun word puzzle for Thanksgiving. Students will have to find out a keyword by decoding scrambled letters. Each code letter represents the letter that comes right before it in the alphabe ...
4 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
International Words

International Words

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This worksheet aims at the spelling of international words, such as "pizza", "football". Students see 8 signs, each with a word printed on it. They have to unscramble the words. This worksheet can ...
2 Complete BeginnerElementary
Mobile Scavenger Hunt

Mobile Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a game where you try to find certain objects or answers to clues. In this scavenger hunt you will use a mobile phone to give clues and hints to another team. This is ...
2 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
4 Pictures 1 Word - Easy/Medium II

4 Pictures 1 Word - Easy/Medium II

Brainteasers,
This activity is based on the application for mobile phones. In this presentation you´ll find 15 pictures (15x4 if I should be precise). Every 4 pictures have something in common and the goa ...
9 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
4 Pictures 1 Word - Medium, Difficult

4 Pictures 1 Word - Medium, Difficult

Brainteasers,
This activity is based on the application for mobile phones. In this presentation you´ll find 15 pictures (15x4 if I should be precise). Every 4 pictures have something in common and the goa ...
7 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
4 Pictures 1 Word - Medium Difficulty

4 Pictures 1 Word - Medium Difficulty

Brainteasers,
It is based on the application for mobile phones. In this presentation you´ll find 15 pictures (15x4 if I should be precise). Every 4 pictures have something in common and the goal of the ss ...
8 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
4 Pictures 1 Word - Difficult

4 Pictures 1 Word - Difficult

Brainteasers,
This activity is based on the application for mobile phones. In this presentation you´ll find 15 pictures (15x4 if I should be precise). Every 4 pictures have something in common and the goa ...
5 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
4 Pictures 1 Word - Easy/Medium Difficulty

4 Pictures 1 Word - Easy/Medium Difficulty

Brainteasers,
It is based on the application for mobile phones. In this presentation you´ll find 15 pictures (15x4 if I should be precise). Every 4 pictures have something in common and the goal of the ss ...
4 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
Wordsearch Puzzle Skrillex (20 Words) Monochrome

Wordsearch Puzzle Skrillex (20 Words) Monochrome

Skrillex is one of the most emblematic and outstanding rave+electronic musicians, singer and songwriter. He has earned several Grammy, MTV and Annie awards. He has performed with bands as From Fir ...
2 Complete BeginnerElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
4 Pictures 1 Word - Easy

4 Pictures 1 Word - Easy

Brainteasers,
It is based on the application for mobile phones. In this presentation you´ll find 15 pictures (15x4 if I should be precise). Every 4 pictures have something in common and the goal of the ss ...
3 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
People Bingo

People Bingo

Brainteasers,
It has different ideas that would let your students enjoy playing it. If your class is big, it's going to be even better. Let them mingle for about thirty minutes. Then ask some of the students wh ...
9 All levels
Vocabulary Game

Vocabulary Game

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I prepared this powerpoint to revise the words that students learned before. It has two parts which are really enjoyable. In the first part the words are unscrambled and students try to find them ...
3 Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Logic Puzzle

Logic Puzzle

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A logic puzzle where students use the clues given to solve the puzzle. The first one has been done for the students. It can be quite challenging at some point and can generate a lot of classroom d ...
8 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Movie Worksheet: Case of the Missing Rabbit

Movie Worksheet: Case of the Missing Rabbit

This is a worksheet based on a cute cartoon about Bugs Bunny. It can be a simple warm-up at the beginning of the lesson. It will help the pupils get down to work and quickly revise plurals. And a ...
6 Complete BeginnerElementaryPre-Intermediate

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