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Age Range: Grade 6 through Grade 8 (Middle School Level)
Overview and Purpose : These rebus puzzles will not only help students memorize vocabulary word definitions, but they will exercise their brains as well!
Objective: The student will be able to create a rebus to represent the definition of a vocabulary word.
Divide the students into pairs and assign them a new vocabulary word. The team can work together to create a rebus that represents the definition. Have them draw the rebus on a transparency. Put each rebus on the overhead projector and give the students time to decipher them. After everyone is finished, have each pair explain their rebus.
Introduce the lesson by creating a rebus for the class using one of the vocabulary words. Whoever can decipher it, within whatever time limit you set, wins a special treat (5-10 minutes of free time, for example).