Summer is just around the corner! I can already smell the campfires, taste the popsicles, and hear the crashing of the ocean waves! It can be hard to keep little learners focused on learning while they are day dreaming about the dog days of summer! One easy way to keep your kids engaged in learning activities is to make them summer and ocean themed! These “Who am I?” Ocean Animal Riddles for Kids will channel that summer excitement into a fun inferencing activity!
Colorful sea creatures will captivate the minds of little learners as they reason their way through these riddles!
Your students will be having so much fun reading, listening, and solving riddles that they won’t even realize they are practicing an important reading comprehension skill!
What Is Inferencing?
Inferencing can be a hard concept for little minds to grasp! These easy preschool riddles are the perfect place to start.
An inference is a conclusion we come to after gathering clues and information.
Some of the information may already be previous knowledge, while other information is gathered from a text we are reading or a picture we are looking at.
Why Should I Teach Inferencing?
Inferencing is a vital skill for reading comprehension!
As students get older and texts get more complex, authors tend to provide less information directly and leave more up to the imagination of the reader. This is where the skill of inferencing comes in!
Some people also refer to inferencing as “reading between the lines”!
Inferencing is a multi disciplinary skill! Inferences are made during science lessons all the time!
Other Benefits Of Using Riddles:
Besides being great for practicing inferring, “Who Am I” riddles for kindergarten and preschool students have many other benefits!
- Riddles help develop problem solving skills!
- Vocabulary is expanded through the use of riddles!
- Brain teasers and easy riddles for kids are one of the best ways to build critical thinking skills!
How To Use This Activity:
This activity comes in three different formats! Whether you need a Google Slides Activity, Boom Cards, or a printable, we have you covered!
After you click on “Get Your Activity Here” at the bottom of this page the Teachers Pay Teachers website will open. Login to your account and click “Download Now”.
On the first page of the downloaded document you will find a Table of Contents.
Click page 2 for Google Slides and page 3 for Boom cards! Pages 4-15 are the printable version!
How To Use The Printable:
This printable activity couldn’t be easier to use! First print pages 4-15! Then, slip the printed pages into clear plastic sleeves or hole punch the pages.
Finally, assemble the pages into a binder and you are ready to go!
Little learners can scan the QR code using a device of choice to hear the sentences read aloud!
How To Use Google Slides:
To use the Google Slides version of the activity click on Page 2. You will need to make a copy of this activity so you can share it with your students!
One awesome thing about this activity is that it comes with built in audio! In order to take advantage of this feature it must be in PRESENT mode.
Once in PRESENT mode, learners can click on the grey circle with the megaphone symbol and press the play button to hear the sentences being read aloud to them!
After solving the riddle, students will click on the picture that they believe to be the answer. A slide will appear and let them know if they are correct or if they should try again! (That’s right! This is a self-checking Google Slides Activity!!)
If they are incorrect, they will click the ship to try again!
If they are correct, they will click the treasure to move onto the next riddle and continue the fun!
How To Use Boom Cards:
To use Boom cards you will click on Page 3. If you do not have a Boom learning account you will need to create one!
Boom learning cards are self-checking, interactive, and the activities can be uploaded to Google Classroom and Seesaw!
After your students open the “Who Am I?” Ocean Animals Riddles they can click on the green circle with the image of the megaphone to have the sentences read to them. Then they simply click one of the pictures to answer the riddle!
If the answer is correct it will be circled in green! If it is incorrect, it will be crossed out and circled in red! Students will be given another opportunity to answer the riddle if they are incorrect!
Other Ways To Use This Activity:
How To Differentiate This Activity:
One of the best parts about these Ocean Animals Riddles for Kids is that they can be used many different ways to support a variety of learning levels!
- Use the audio feature on the slides for listening comprehension practice or to help support a pre-reader!
- Cut out the riddle clues and animals to create an inferences worksheet matching activity!
- Keep your little one thinking by asking them more questions! (Can you think of any other ocean animals that could fit the riddle? Can you create a riddle for one of the other sea creatures pictured?)
- Practice the skill of reading fluency by having your learner read the riddle clues aloud! (They may also enjoy reading them in funny ocean animal voices!)
Extend Your Learning!
Once your little learner is excited about marine animals after completing these riddles there are many ways you can extend the learning!
Learning Resources LER3341 Under the Sea Ocean CountersLearning Resources Ocean Animals, Counters, Imaginative Play, Set of 50 Different Ocean Animals, 50 Pieces, Ages 3+The Learning Journey Puzzle Doubles Glow in The Dark – Sea Life – 100 Piece Glow in The Dark Preschool Puzzle (3 x 2 feet) – Educational Gifts for Boys & Girls Ages 3 and Up
- Research marine life! Kids love learning about sea turtles, blue whales, sharks, and other ocean animals!
- Build a coral reef diorama! The hands on active building of a diorama will keep your little one occupied for hours!
- Create an ocean sensory bin! Sensory bins help improve and perfect fine motor skills!