Riddles and Inference

by Greg Roberts

Author Information

First and Last Name: Greg Roberts

Author Email: groberts2099@gmail.com

Course Name: ED 222 - Instructional Technology

College: Butler Community College

Current Semester: Spring 2016

Professor Name: Dr. Shellie Gutierrez, EdD, PhD

Lesson Overview

Lesson Questions

Essential Question: What is inference? (a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning)

Content Questions:
  • What two things does a riddle rely on to relay the answer? (the two parts of inference: given clue(s) and already learned knowledge)
  • Why use riddles to teach inference?
  • What other applications are there for inference?

Lesson Summary

By learning about Riddler, his background, and techniques students should gain an understanding of riddles and inference. Students will learn about riddles by studying riddles that Riddler has used in the past. Studying previously used riddles will start to teach the students about inference. Students will use the examples and inference lesson to write their own riddle.

Subject Area, Grade Level, and Student Learning Outcomes

Subject Area: Language Arts / Writing
Grade Level: 6-8
Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of the lesson, the student should be able to define what infurence is and give it real world application.


  • Introduce self and tell students they will be having fun with riddles while learning about the Riddler and inference.
  • Have students open a web browser and go to webiste https://tackk.com/ldhycp. Eplain that the students will use the tools and information on the website along with a short discussion about the information to give them experience with inference.
  • Play the "Riddler Song" video for the whole class, this way there aren't multiple people playing it out loud at different intervals later.
  • Let them know that they need to read all of the information and should be playing the riddle games along the way.
  • Give students 10 to 15 minutes to explore the website on their own (see if students need and additional 5 minutes at the end of the 15), observe to keep students on task.
  • Once everyone (or most, if there are some students trailing way behind) have completed the lesson, ask questions about the riddles. Are students easily identifying the clues? Are clues alone enough to solve the riddles? If something else is needed, what is it?
  • Have the students discuss how they knew the answers to the riddles.
  • Close by giving them the definition of inference (a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning) and thanking the students for all their hard work.

Time Needed, Prerequisite Skills, Materials and Resources, and Accommedations for Differentiated Instruction

Approximate Time Needed: 30-40 minutes
Prerequisite Skills: Knowledge of how to use a web browser on either a computer or tablet
Materials and Resources: A computer or tablet, internet connection, One piece of paper w/ pencil or pen, website - https://tackk.com/ldhycp
Accommodations for Differentiated Instruction:
  • Special Needs Learner: Assist by giving prompt questions to assist in answering riddles
  • Non-Native English Speaker: Allow use of Google Translator to solve riddles
  • Gifted Student: A riddle crossword will be provided for students to finish early.

Student Assessment

After completing the lesson, students will be able to accurately discuss inference and what it is. Students will be able to create a riddle that uses inference to solve.
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