Students will write American West Mystery Riddles by learning about artifacts from the Autry Museum's collection, picking an artifact, and writing a riddle about that artifact.
CA HSS Analysis Skills: Research, Evidence, and Point of View: Students differentiate between primary and secondary sources.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Lesson and Resources
Lesson: American West Riddle Activity; Spanish
Student Response Sheet: American West Riddle Activity Fillable Student Response Sheet; Spanish
Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments
Whole Class In-Person Learning: Break class into five small groups each coinciding with an artifact and brainstorm answers to the four questions in Part II. Pair students to share riddles and guess answers.
Whole Class Distance Learning: Use breakout rooms to put class into five small groups each coinciding with an artifact where they brainstorm answers to the four questions in Part II. Students present their riddles and class guesses answers.
Tech Fun: Jamboard and Padlet. Students use post it descriptions to analyze artifacts. Students share individual riddles on padlet, fellow students guess what artifacts riddles describe. Students reveal their artifacts posting drawing in the reveal on the application.