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Rebus: An Effective Teaching Tool

Malalinta Elementary School
San Manuel, Isabela

Rebus (ree-buhs) is fully defined as a representation of words or syllables by pictures of
objects or by symbols whose names resemble the intended words or syllables in sound: also : a
riddle made up of such pictures or symbols. It is also a puzzle consisting of pictures representing
syllables and words; in such a puzzle the word hear might be represented by H followed by a
picture of an ear.
Several rebuses may be combined in a single device or successively to make phrase or
sentence. Literary rebuses use letters, numbers, musical notes or especially placed words to
make sentences. Complex rebuses combine pictures and letters. Rebuses may convey direct
meanings, especially to inform or instruct illiterate people; or they may deliberately conceal
meanings, to inform only the initiated or to puzzle and amuse.
Rebus rhymes and stories are great for young children who are just beginning to learn to
read. These are pictures instead of words throughout the story and rhyme. These can really
make reading fun, entertaining, and hopefully, help children develop a love of reading. Some
rebus stories have the picture and the word to help kids learn to read. Some have only the picture
and child fill in the word. The internet is a rich source of rebuses.
Here are some simple examples of rebus rhymes and stories preferably for preschoolers.

My Family

This is my .
Here is .
Here is .

Here is me.
We are a happy

I use my for seeing.

I use my for hearing.

I use my for smelling.

I use my for tasting.

I use my for feeling.

Weather of the Day

This is a day.

This is a day.

This is a day.

This is a day.

Rainbow Colors

How many colors does a have?

Each time it appears in the

, orange, and

and indigo

The last ones .

Merriam-Webster Dictionary English Teachers Guide I
Encyclopedia Britannica,2008 Sabrina Par, et al.