Mooing cows! Muddy pigs! A little red hen! What do all these have in common? The wonderful world of farm life! My preschoolers love any activities that involve farms and farm animals! Another thing my kids love… riddles! So put farm animals AND riddles together and you have an instant hit! This Farm Animals “Who am I?” Inferencing Riddles for Kids will quickly become a new favorite activity for your little ones!
This farm theme inferencing activity is the perfect way to get your little learner to exercise their mind! They will develop critical thinking skills while having fun!
Sounds like a WIN/WIN to me!!
What is Inferencing?
Inferencing is normally taught as a reading comprehension skill.
When we inference we use information and clues provided verbally or in a text in order to draw conclusions.
I like to compare inferencing to being a detective! You have to gather all the clues you can find in order to solve a mystery! (or in the case of reading to figure out something the author does not directly state in the text!)
When making an inference, some clues may be provided in the text, while other information used to make the inference may be knowledge already in your brain!
Throughout the school year inferencing may look different depending on the reading skills being taught and the age of the students.
For learners in preschool, riddles like the ones found in this activity are the perfect inferring activities for their level!
As students get older inferencing tasks may include determining character traits and identifying the theme of a text!
Why Is Inferencing Important?
Just as exercise is important for keeping our body parts strong, riddles and brain teasers are important to keep our critical thinking skills strong!
Inferencing provides a foundation for other critical thinking skills to eventually be built upon!
This inferencing activity has many other benefits too! It helps to strengthen visual processing and memory skills!
How To Use This Activity:
I have AWESOME news!! This activity comes three different ways! Whether you need a printable, Google Slide Activity, or Boom cards you are good to go!
When you click on the “Get Your Activity Here” link at the bottom of this page you will be taken to Teachers Pay Teachers. Login to your account and click “Download Now”.
Once you download the activity you will see on the first page there is a Table of Contents.
Need Google Slides? Click the image on Page 2.
Need Boom Cards? Click the image on Page 3.
Need a printable? Print pages 4-15 and assemble the pages into a riddle book! Little learners can scan the QR code using a device of choice and can listen to the sentences being read aloud to them!
How To Use Google Slides:
Once you click the image on Page 2 a page will open requiring you to make a copy of the activity. Click the blue box to do this!
After you make a copy of the activity it will be ready to share with your students!
IMPORTANT! This Google Slides Activity will need to be in PRESENT mode in order for your students to take advantage of the built in audio feature of the activity.
That’s right! This activity will read the sentences to your students!
All they need to do in order to have the slides read to them is make sure it is in PRESENT mode, click on the grey circle with the megaphone symbol and press the play button!
More great news! This Google Slides Activity is self checking!
After an answer is chosen a slide with a farmer will appear to tell your learner if they are correct or incorrect. If they are incorrect they will go back and try again, if they are correct they will go onto the next riddle!
How To Use Boom Cards:
If you do not have a Boom learning account you will need to create one.
Don’t worry, it is FREE! (and completely worth it, I promise!)
The great news about Boom cards is you can upload the activities to your Google Classroom or Seesaw!
The other great news about Boom cards is that they are not only interactive, but also self checking!
Once the “Who Am I?” preschool activity is opened your little learner can click on the green circle with the image of the megaphone to have the sentences read to them!
After reading and listening to the sentences on each card, little learners will strengthen their fine motor skills by using the computer mouse to click on the picture of the farm animal that best answers the “Who am I?” riddle.
Since the activity is self checking it will let your learner know if they were correct by putting a green circle around their answer! If they are incorrect it will circle the incorrect response in red and put a line through it.
Other Ways To Use This Activity:
How To Differentiate for Your Learners:
One of the things I love about this Who Am I activity is that it can be easily differentiated for learners of all abilities!
Have a learner who needs some extra support? Use the audio feature to have the sentences read to them as many times as they need!
If you are working one on one with a struggling student you can use the printable option so that you can eliminate one of the choices and provide them with two options instead of three!
Want to work on listening comprehension? Cover up the sentences and have your little learner listen to the audio without seeing the sentences that are typed out.
You can even work on speech or reading fluency by having your learner repeat the sentences that they hear being read to them!
The possibilities are really endless!
Ways To Extend The Learning:
- Encourage your little learners to create their own easy riddles with the farm animals they see in the pictures!
- Have your students create their own inferencing riddles and make them into an “Easy Riddles for Kids” book that can be kept in your classroom library and read throughout the year!
- Create a dramatic play center in your home or classroom where students can participate in farm themed activities!
- Check out some other farm themed printables for preschool linked below!