Write Compound Word Riddles
1. Choose a compound word.
- Example: bullfrog
2. Divide the compound word into its two small words.
- Example: bull frog
3. Think of some things that help describe the two small words.
- Example: bull--big, mean, matadors fight them, horns, frog--green, hops, eats flies
4. Write a riddle question using some of the describing words. Don't use your compound word or the small parts of the
compound word in your question.
- Example: What's big, green, has horns, eats flies, and hops over matadors?
5. Answer your riddle question with your compound word.
- Example: Q: What's big, green, has horns, eats flies, and hops over matadors? A bullfrog.
6. Choose some more compound words and write some more riddles. Write a whole book of riddles!
Original bunny climbing rope picture by Paige Miglio (copyright 2000 ©) from One More Bunny authored by Rick Walton.
Original purple monster picture by Renee Williams-Andriani (copyright 1998 ©) from Really, Really Bad School Jokes authored by Rick Walton.
Original bullfrog seated picture by Chris McAllister (copyright 1999 ©) from Bullfrog Pops! authored by Rick Walton.
Electronic modifications by Ann Walton.
(from Rick Walton's Stuff for Teachers and Librarians)
Last updated: October 25, 2002