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The 5-Clue Challenge (#5cluechallenge)

While planning a post compiling all the cool global literacy projects out there, I began having so much fun with one simple project that I decided it was worth its own little post.

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The 5 Clue Challenge is a traditional guessing game, kinda like Name that Tune.

Here’s how it works.

In short videos, students and teachers offer five progressively narrower clues about a place or animal or person or space object or musical instrument they are describing. The goal is to use research skills to solve the riddle in a few clues as possible.  As instructed by the narrators, you should pause the video after each clue to guess if you can.

Here’s what I love. Students may create and add their own puzzle videos to the gallery for others to use by uploading them to YouTube and completing the form on the Send us your video page.  The team will vet the video for appropriateness and add it to the collection.

Think of this as a cool addition, a little communication activity treat to cap off the learning following so many of our inquiry projects. As a librarian, you might want to suggest your student video producers create questions that require a little deeper inquiry on the other end.

Here are a couple of my favorites produced by some very charming young puzzlers:

Here’s the full Video 5 Clue Video Collection.

You can discover new productions by following the Twitter hashtag is #5ClueChallenge

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Connie Williams says

    This could be an excellent collaboration with the public library and/or other local groups to share with the public. For example the challenge could highlight a particular issue or a local tourist site – and the visitors could use it to enhance their visit…or learn more about the issue.

    If visiting a tourist site, the URL to the video could be included in any local brochure so that visitors could watch on their phones; or other classes on field trips could use it as scavenger hunts [at a museum, a park, etc]…

    Thank you Joyce for sharing this technique – so many wonderful uses!! I love it.

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