AWARENESS OF PRIMARY SCHOOL FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS ABOUT RIDDLES

Metin BOZKURT

Riddles support children in many ways, ranging from their thinking skills to strengthening language skills. They are an entertainment tool for kids as mind games. They also contribute to children's learning by having fun. The aim of this study is to determine the level of awareness among primary school fourth grade students as regards riddles. The research is a descriptive survey study. 100 primary school fourth grade students attending schools in the city center of Ereğli in Zonguldak province have participated in the study. The research data were collected with a questionnaire comprised of nine questions prepared by the researcher. The data obtained are presented in tables containing frequencies and percentages. According to the results of the research, it is determined that primary school fourth grade students love riddles, want to learn and create new riddles, and the reason why they like, learn and create new riddles is that riddles are regarded as funny and entertaining by them. It is also determined that students mostly hear about riddles from their friends, mothers and teachers, tend to ask riddles to their friends and mothers very often, and read riddle books to learn new riddles. It is determined that the primary school fourth grade students participating in the study do not have sufficient knowledge about what riddle means, the characteristics of riddles, or by whom the riddles were created. It can be said that students can have a certain awareness of riddles when they are supported on these issues. In this respect, students and their families can be informed through the programs to be prepared about riddles. Activities can be organized for students to learn and create new riddles. Riddles can be used in all lessons. Students can learn by having fun as they are mostly interested in riddles.

Keywords: Primary School, Forth Grade Students, Riddle, Asking Riddles, Creating Riddles, Awareness of Riddles