This week’s Puzzle Corner activity has an ocean theme. In it, students are presented with a number of anagrams. Anagrams are words or collections of words whose letters are rearranged to form new words or collections of words. For example, an anagram for canoe is ocean.
Anagrams have a long history in the puzzle community. Lewis Carroll, who was really the 19th century mathematician Charles Dodgson, was an inveterate puzzler, and anagrams formed a significant part of his repertoire. Anagrams and puzzles also play an important role in some of his books, like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
This activity presents a number of words or phrases whose letters are to be rearranged to form new words or phrases that are somehow related to oceans. The first page contains the words or phrases to be rearranged. The number of lines appearing after the original anagram indicates the numbers of words in the rearranged anagram. A second page providing hints is given to keep students (and possibly their teachers) from getting too frustrated. You may want to let students work on the anagrams for a little while before giving them the page with the hints.
I hope that you and your class find the anagram activity enjoyable.
Anagrams are words or phrases whose letters can be rearranged to form new words or phrases. For example, the letters in canoe can be rearranged to form the word ocean.
All of the anagrams below are related to the ocean in some way. The number of lines indicates the number of words in the new word or phrase.
1. harks _______________
2. scoot up _______________
3. diets _______________
4. hips _______________
5. aims nut _______________
6. elf tugs arm _______________ _______________
7. free carlo _______________ _______________
8. a phoney cargo _______________
9. straw tale _______________ _______________
10. goat tub _______________ _______________
If you solve all of these anagrams, make up some of your own and use them to challenge your friends.
Here are the hints for the anagrams on the first page.
1. This fish, which has no bones, scares many people.
2. This creature has eight tentacles and squirts out ink when alarmed.
3. Highs and lows of these happen every day and are caused by the moon’s gravitational pull.
4. These are large boats that sail in the ocean.
5. This is an enormous, devastating wave caused by earthquakes.
6. This is the main current in the North Atlantic Ocean.
7. This is an important ecosystem found in tropical waters that harbors an abundance of life.
8. This is the formal name for the study of the oceans.
9. This is the type of liquid found in the ocean.
10. This vessel is used to help large ships in and out of harbors.
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Ocean Anagrams challenges students to rearrange a number of words or phrases to make new words or phrases that are related to the oceans. The original words and their ocean anagrams follow:
Original Words/Phrase Ocean Anagram
scoot up octopus
aims nut tsunami
elf tugs arm Gulf Stream
free Carlo coral reef
a phony cargo oceanography
straw tale salt water
goat tub tug boat