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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 80 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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The Right Word

The Right Word

Marco Fialho
Brainteasers,
  This short worksheet is for students at the upper- intermediate level. It focuses on vocabulary and includes a fill-in-the-gap exercise. It might be helpful for those who intend to take ...
1 Views 3,647 Adv
My Name is Special

My Name is Special

Lynne McCormick
  Each student has their own unique name. What better way to learn how to spell it than to try with both capital letters and small letters? Line all the letters vertically. Ask the childre ...
1 Views 3,713 BegElem
Creative thinking  Rebus puzzles

Creative thinking Rebus puzzles

, , Brainteasers
  Get your students' brains ticking with this creative thinking activity: Rebus puzzles are little pictures, often made with letters and words, which cryptically represent a word, phr ...
1 Views 9,887 Elem
Describing Words ppt

Describing Words ppt

Mariyam
  This PowerPoint presentation is all about adjectives (describing words). Look at the picture clue and give the describing words then remove the boxes to reveal the next picture clue. It ...
1 Views 9,275 BegElem
Rhymes Match

Rhymes Match

Helen Close
  Learn how to pronounce rhyming words when the spelling is different by matching lists of rhyming words to their pronunciation. Students need to listen carefully to hear the correct match ...
1 Views 11,917 Pre-IntIntAdv
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Creative Thinking - Name Five Things That...

Creative Thinking - Name Five Things That...

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This creative thinking exercise was created by www.primaryleap.co.uk Do your students have their thinking caps on? This activity will improve your student's creative thinking and writing skills. ...
1 Views 11,995 Elem
Idiom Activity and Worksheet

Idiom Activity and Worksheet

L.Spence
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This activity and worksheet is to be paired with the read aloud Butterflies in my Stomach and other School Hazards. I prepared this for my adult ESL students. Students should read the book as a c ...
1 Views 14,116 All
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland)

Marie Devátá
Worksheet based on Judy Garland's song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from the movie The Wizard of Oz. Song is slow and it's easy to catch the missing words. The first letters of the words have been ...
1 Views 12,291 BegElem
Science Memes

Science Memes

Kauê Moura
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Who doesn't like memes? Students sure do! This worksheet will help you warm-up for a class about science, or maybe you can assign it as homework after said class. Teenagers and younger adults will ...
4 Views 20,372 Pre-Int
Is it a Palindrome?

Is it a Palindrome?

Brainteasers,
A palindrome is a word that is spelled the same forward and backward. Look at each word. Determine whether it is a palindrome. After completing the worksheet, try to think of some other palindrom ...
4 Views 16,326 IntAdv
Brainteaser

Brainteaser

» Brainteasers
Here are several brainteasers. Doing some type of mental exercise in the form of brain teasers or word and number games can boost overall brain activity. increase your memory power, reduce the ri ...
8 Views 37,195 Pre-IntInt
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 ...
4 Views 22,095 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 ...
6 Views 36,259 ElemExam
Pairing Words with Amusing Results - a Challenging Warm-up Game

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

Stephanie Hawkins
» Brainteasers
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 ...
12 Views 14,334 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 ...
6 Views 13,387 Pre-IntInt
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 ...
6 Views 15,449 ElemPre-IntInt
International Words

International Words

» Brainteasers
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 10,740 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 ...
4 Views 28,822 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 ...
10 Views 36,413 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 ...
9 Views 19,387 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 ...
11 Views 17,319 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 ...
6 Views 14,781 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 13,319 ElemPre-IntInt
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 ...
3 Views 6,542 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 ...
5 Views 17,223 ElemPre-Int

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