Classroom Rebuses

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Classroom rebuses can be found in stories and puzzles. In a classroom class rebuses can help students' concentration skills and exercise their brains. If you need examples some of either kind for your classroom, then read on.

Rebus Stories

If you are a teacher of young children who are just starting to learn to read, then classroom rebus stories can be very helpful. They are not only interesting, but can help the children by making reading fun.

Rebus stories have a picture in place of a word. Some of them have both the word and the picture to further help the child to learn words.

There are some sites online where you can find classroom rebuses. For example:

  • The rebus stories on ABCTeach have the picture only and not the word. The key at the bottom shows what word each picture represents. These are printable and ready to use in your classroom. They even have a space for the student's name and the date. There are 20+ printouts that are available to non-members. If you want more, membership is a very small monthly fee.
  • Enchanted Learning has many of the Mother Goose rhymes translated into rebus stories. The stories are designed for preschoolers and kindergartners.
  • HighlightsMagazine has teacher guides for each of their past issues, each showing an index of the contents including the name or topic of their monthly rebus story.

Rebus Puzzles

If you are looking for classroom rebuses that are puzzles, there are many of those available online as well. A rebus puzzle is sometimes called a pictogram, where letters, numbers, and pictures go together to make a word or phrase. These are very good for students because they exercise both sides of the brain. They are good mental exercises. They range in simplicity from the very simple for young children to the very complex for high school students and adults.

Here are some examples of rebus puzzles:

PAWALKRK is: a Walk in the Park


More of these can be found on the KidsPages of the National Institute of Environmental Health Services.

Some rebus puzzles are more complicated, having a word that is divided into parts. Here's an example:

GR + 8 = GREAT2 + L = TOOLD + [picture of a light] = DELIGHTF + [picture of an ear] = FEAR

Some other common symbols in rebus puzzles are: the number 2 for "to" or "too", the letter R for "are", and the number 4 for "for." A picture of a bee can stand for the letter B or the word "be", a picture of a knot can stand for "not", and a picture of a sheep can stand for the U sound (ewe).


Puzzles to Print Out

If you want rebus puzzles to printout for your classroom, visit:

  • Teaching Ideas They also provide the answers.
  • Puzzles to Print you can pick rebuses or brain teasers and create your own worksheet to print out for use in your classroom.

More Online Sources

Here are two more sites with rebus puzzles.

  • FunWithWords has not only 100 rebus puzzles but many more puzzles, like anagrams, Boggle, and Hangman. It has some interesting resources, like pangrams, oxymorons, tongue twisters, palindromes, and more.
  • IQ Test Experts has over 60 rebus puzzles. There are also links to brain teasers and riddles.