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Periodic Table puzzle

The Periodic Table of chemical elements is perhaps not the most likely subject for an English puzzle. It is a little complicated, and so is this puzzle, which will eventually reveal the names of some common compounds in everyday use. (NB some of these compounds are more complex than this puzzle suggests, chemistry is not simple).

Periodic Table puzzle, page 1 pdf sheet

Periodic Table puzzle, page 2, and answer key pdf sheets

For intermediate – advanced students, taking about 30 minutes

There are two pages for this puzzle, which should be handed out together. I feel this is a puzzle suited to student collaboration in pairs or threesomes. As with most of my puzzles I rarely give much instruction or rubric to students, I just let then get on with it.

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Transport puzzle

Transport puzzle

After a few months away from this site (not hibernation, just writing elsewhere) normal service will now be resumed.

To ease myself back into the swing of things a simple, straightforward puzzle based on the use of the prepositions by and on with modes of transport.

Transport puzzle click here for free downloadable pdf sheets including answer key.

Elementary – pre-intermediate level, taking about 10 minutes.

I find that the students need no instruction; I just pass them the handout and let them get on with it.

Top Eight Names puzzle

You can look at a hundred lists of the most popular given names and none of them will be remotely similar. However I have attempted to compile together a list of the top eight names of the twentieth century, and I must stress that these are the top eight English names (although exactly what is an English name is open to wide interpretation!). Nevertheless while trying to avoid controversy here goes.

The procedure is simple. I merely hand out the sheets and let the students get on with it.

Pre-intermediate – intermediate level, taking about 20/30 minutes.

Top 8 names puzzle click here for free downloadable pdf sheets including answer key.

Please find a snapshot of this puzzle below.

Top 8 names puzzle 3

Weather puzzle

After about a month of digital detox I am back in front of the screen.

A straightforward puzzle, based on weather conditions, with a nice bit of extra information that is revealed once the puzzle is complete.

There is no rubric for this puzzle, I think the vast majority of students will be able to deduce what they need to do, and will just want to get on with it.

Elementary – Intermediate level, lasting about 15/25 minutes.

Weather puzzle answer key click here for free downloadable answer key.

Please find this puzzle below.

Puzzle weather snapshot

Four consecutive double letters in one word

Strictly speaking this is a quirky conundrum perhaps more suited to teachers than students.

So with no suspense the answer is:

Tattooees’s

It is common practice with the plural possessive form to drop the final s, but if one opts to retain it the result is four consecutive double letters in one word (Please tell me I am not the first to come up with this!).

The other popular word with three consecutive double letters, bookkeeper, can also be found in this form, ie bookkeepers’s, but of course in this case the four double letters are not consecutive, although I have seen the word subbookkeeper, but I am not sure if this is a true word. Or you could even go one further and have five consecutive double letters with subbookkeepperson, though I am sure this manufactured word does not really exist (except here!).

Days Puzzle

A very simple straightforward puzzle, with a little extra bonus.

Can be used as a warmer, a cooler, a filler, or just for a bit of fun.

For elementary – pre-intemediate level, taking about 5/10 minutes.

Puzzle Days click here for free downloadable pdf sheets, including answer key.

Please find a snapshot of this puzzle below.

Puzzle Days snapshot

Athletics Puzzle revisited

A straightforward puzzle based around some of the events in track and field athletics. (This is an updated version of an earlier puzzle)

Elementary – pre-intermediate level, taking about 10 minutes.

The solution will reveal a pattern (to aid swift marking) which so resembles the Union Jack that I provided one as a background, and in turn it may offer some hint to the solution.

Athletics puzzle click here for free downloadable pdf sheets, including answer key.

Please find a snapshot of this puzzle below.

Athletics puzzle

Free downloadable English teaching material, resources for the EFL/ESL classroom, from Yes Press

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