Following on from the last post about using art for teaching here is an idea adapted from something I came across in a TV mag puzzle section – a picture puzzle called Connect 5.
The word that connects all five pictures is black.
I thought this was a brilliant idea for Literacy teaching, particularly for ESOL learners so I have put together a few for you to use – answers after the puzzles!
The link word may be before or after the picture word and it may be a compound word or just linked in some way – for some of them you will need to think creatively about what the picture might represent!
Connect 5 Number 1
Connect 5 Number Two
Connect 5 Number Three
Connect 5 Number Four
Connect 5 Number Five
Number One – Sand – sandcastle, sand dune, sandstone, sandstorm , sandpaper
Number Two – Ball – ballpark, ballgame, masked ball, football, baseball
Number Three – Milk – milk bottle, milk float, milk jug , milk man, milk pudding – good opportunity here to ask who still has milk delivered?
Number Four – Snow – snowstorm, snowball, snowman, snowshoe, snow plough
Number Five – Letter – letter writing, letter opener, love letter, letter box, chain letter
I thought of a few others as well – some that were hard to think of more than 3 or 4 before it got a bit abstract – things like …
Night – time, nurse, watchman, shift
Day – pay, light, time
Love – cupboard, puppy, letter, story, song
Hand – book, back , bag
Blue – moon, stocking, blood
Super – man, size, market, hero
Cup – board, cake, tea, world
Back – door, bite, order, slide
You could also use it for Maths teaching as a starter activity to help guess the topic or review a previous topic. Useful for ESOL learners getting them to think about the many ways we use Maths words in everyday English.
Here are some for you to guess, you will have to think laterally for a couple of these, answers at the bottom.
Maths Connect 4 Number 1
Maths Connect 4 Number 2
Maths Connect 4 Number 3
Maths Connect 4 Number 4
Number 1 – Angle – angle grinder, triangle, acute angle, right angle
Number 2 – Square – square number, Trafalgar Square, multiplication square, 6ft square
Number 3 – Add – addition square, picture addition, adder – ha ha I know 😉 , new addition to the family
Number 4 – Takeaway – takeaway pizza, takeaway shop, takeway number line, takeaway sum
There are also a few online versions of these such as this one here with clues as well and with just words rather than pictures.
Puzzler magazine and others that you can get from newsagents also have versions of this that are just text.
Happy solving…. until next time, thanks for visiting.