Rebus Puzzles are a great way to stimulate creative thinking and have fun with words at the same time. Rebus puzzles make great time-fillers, bell-ringers, or bonus questions. I would recommend printing them on card stock and having them laminated for frequent use. You could also create a Power Point of your favorite rebus puzzles or use them with a document camera. Once you run out of rebus puzzles, challenge your students to create their own based on familiar phrases and idioms.
Jessica Pilgreen is a National Board Certified secondary English teacher, a Doctoral candidate at UMSL, a Google Certified Educator, a PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator, a mom, a wife, and a self-proclaimed ed tech enthusiast!