I’m sure we sometimes finish the lesson before the planned time or we see that our students are lost and aren’t following us then we tend to find something to motivate them.
It’s always a good idea to have something ready for these moments. Fillers are great. They are short, energising and motivating.
Whenever I feel we are stuck in the middle of the lesson and have nothing to continue, I use one of the simplest tools that I have, the letters… I love them. They are easy to use and adaptable, they also enhance creativity.
I want to share some of my favourite activities .
1. Tell your students to choose a letter and list as many words as they can beginning with that letter.
Don’t forget to set time limits.
You can have follow up activities, if you like.
2. Tell your students to choose a letter and write a word beginning with that letter. Then tell them to write words that associate with the first word. Ask them to write a paragraph, a short story or a poem using all the words they’ve come up with.
You can even ask them to find a tune for their poems and perform it to the class if they like.
They really enjoy doing the song activity and I feel amazed to see how they manage to blend rap and blues together.
3. Play a game
Divide the class into 2 teams.
A student from each team comes to the board and lists the words beginning with that letter.
A piece of advice: prohibit numbers
4. Choose a letter and ask questions
If ‘S’ was a colour which colour would it be? Why?
If ‘S’ had a texture, what would it be? Why?