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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 77 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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Cryptofun

Cryptofun

Luc Wyn
This is a page of cryptograms I made, using http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/cryptogramSetupForm.asp. The idea is to solve the puzzle by converting numbers into letters. It is a great way ...
1 Views 2,582 ElemPre-IntIntAdvExam
Work Puzzle

Work Puzzle

MICHAEL M. MAGBANUA
This worksheet is recommended for Elementary level.  It features ten jobs known to level 2 students. It can be a used as review lesson or simply as an ice breaker for advanced learners. Stu ...
4 Views 11,883 ElemExam
Pairing Words with Amusing Results - a Challenging Warm-up Game

Pairing Words with Amusing Results - a Challenging Warm-up Game

Stephanie Hawkins
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This is a fun warm-up vocabulary game, introducing unexpected pairs of words, which do not give an obvious indication of meaning, such as "clothes horse". As well as providing amusement, this ...
11 Views 5,652 IntAdv
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 ...
5 Views 6,281 Pre-IntInt
Secret Thanksgiving Code

Secret Thanksgiving Code

•Brainteasers,
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 ...
6 Views 6,718 ElemPre-IntInt
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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 ...
3 Views 3,914 BegElem
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 Views 15,928 IntAdv
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 Views 11,877 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
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 ...
8 Views 8,102 IntAdvExam
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 ...
9 Views 7,377 Pre-IntIntAdv
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 Views 5,756 IntAdvExam
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 Views 5,872 ElemPre-IntInt
Wordsearch Puzzle Skrillex (20 Words) Monochrome

Wordsearch Puzzle Skrillex (20 Words) Monochrome

•Brainteasers,
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 ...
3 Views 2,921 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
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 Views 6,831 ElemPre-Int
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 ...
10 Views 14,705 All
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 Views 6,509 Adv
Logic Puzzle

Logic Puzzle

•, Brainteasers, ,
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 ...
11 Views 14,004 IntAdv
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 ...
7 Views 7,731 BegElemPre-Int
Poetry Jeopardy

Poetry Jeopardy

•Brainteasers,
A very interesting game show in power point. Could be used for all aspects and skills of a language. Just replace the questions and the answers. Could be played individually or in groups. Much bet ...
9 Views 5,839 All
Odd One Out 4

Odd One Out 4

•Brainteasers,
Which one is different? Cross out the word that does not belong and explain why. There are fifteen rows and each of them has got four words. Students will have to cross out the word which is diffe ...
8 Views 15,374 ElemPre-IntInt
Snake Planet

Snake Planet

This is a fun worksheet to work with kids. The drawings are taken from an Argentine Sunday magazine that offers games for children, so when it's possible, and I can adapt it, I translate the games ...
12 Views 6,866 All
The Mary Celeste Wordsearch

The Mary Celeste Wordsearch

•Brainteasers,
This is a wordsearch from the book "The great mysteries of our world" by Gina D.B Clemen. It contains 33 challenging words about the dissappearance of "Mary Celeste" which is in chapter 1 of the b ...
2 Views 4,845 Pre-Int
Rebus Story 2

Rebus Story 2

My summer: this is a rebus story, that is to say, a story which combines words and pictures. Here, pictures represent entire words. There is a colour version, a B&W one and the key. This type ...
9 Views 8,031 ElemPre-Int
Let's Go to the Beach with Our Friends!

Let's Go to the Beach with Our Friends!

•Brainteasers,
How many words can you write with these letters? With the letters that appear in "Let's go to the beach with our friends" students create new words. There are six columns so that students can writ ...
11 Views 6,253 ElemPre-IntInt
Food Wordsearch

Food Wordsearch

•Brainteasers,
A wordsearch with a lot of words related to food. There is a colour version, a black and white version and the key. The fonts used are McLaren and Comica BD. Students read the words and then try t ...
8 Views 11,562 ElemPre-IntInt

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