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beige textile with stripes and a diamond pattern in black and red

Navajo blanket. Autry Museum; CT.907

American West Riddle Activity

Resource Type
Fun Activities
Grade Level:
K–2, 3–5
ELA, Social Studies
Literary Devices

Fun Activity

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 ActivitySpanish

Student Response Sheet: American West Riddle Activity Fillable Student Response SheetSpanish

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.

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

Dean and Laura Beresford · Molly and Neal Brockmeyer · Vince and Colleen Caballero · Capital Group · David F. Eisenberg · The Georgina-Fredrick Children's Foundation · Christy McAvoy · Marleen and Bruce Rognlien · Robert E. Ronus · Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg · The Steinmetz Foundation · Virginia F. Stevenson · Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
Map and Directions

Free parking for Autry visitors.

Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Food Trucks are available on select days, contact us for details at 323.495.4252.
The cafe is temporarily closed until further notice.