Friday, May 19, 2006


Hink Pinks: A Fun Vocabulary Lesson

Here is a fun vocabulary lesson to keep students thinking and learning up to the last day of school!

Hink pinks are one-syllable words that rhyme; hinky pinkies are two-syllable words that rhyme; hinkety pinketies are three-syllable words that rhyme.


"through riddles children gather and interpret data, make inferences, and draw conclusions. When provided with the riddle's solution, they interpret this new information, construct meanings to clarify and extend knowledge, and gain insight into the essence of these brief puzzles as well as their own learning" (Reading Teacher, 1996, v49, n8, w66-68. Buchoff, Rita. Riddles: Fun With Language Across the Curriculum)

Technology Integration Ideas:
-A class ebook (using ppt) of student created hink pinks, published on the web
-A weekly podcast of student created hink pinks with the solutions provided a week later
-Online communication between classes (or schools) using blogs, Moodle, Nicenet etc...Can you solve our hink pinks?
-An online project to collect student created hink pinks from around the world
-Have students create and illustrate their hink pinks using Paint

Have students practice solving hink pinks and then have them create their own. I have compiled some interactive sites and resources to help you get started:


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