I recieved an email with this activity from Merve Elbirlik Tülek (@merveelbirlik) who is working as an EFL instructor. The activity can be used at the first week or as a filler during the year.
Thank you Merve 🙂
As the end of the month is close, I started getting more links for the blog carnival. However, there are loads of ideas with friends who hasn’t started blogging yet. Emine Bülür is one of them and I’m so happy that she wanted to contribute to the carnival with an activity.
Here is a warmer & filler activity:
Give them a piece of paper on which they can write their names.
I collect all the names in a box and ask them to pick a name.
Later, they write two questions for the student whose name written on the back of the paper.
Finally, they can share what they have leaned about their friends with the rest of the class.
It works well especially at times when student need to introduce themselves to a new class. As we use a modular system at our school, they change classes every quarter so the activity helps me a lot in this respect.
After writing the fun activities for present simple and present continuous, I decided to continue compiling all the fun activities that I’ve been using for years here.
I’ve just done future tenses so I think it’s time to think about the fun follow ups.
Fortunetelling: Pair them and ask them to write a dialogue between a fortuneteller and somebody.
Fortune cookie messages: Ask them to write fortune cookie messages and then put them in a box and let them take their fortunes.
M&Ms for future: Let them take m&ms from a box. Each colour will represent something so tell them to write a paragraph according to the colour of the candy. For example: If you have a green candy, write something about your goals. If you have a yellow one, write about the places you want to visit, etc.
Imagine: Group the students and tell them they will predict the lives of a distant future generation. Give each group a category like: education, jobs, family life, environment, homes, etc and ask them to write about it. Later you can even ask them to create a glogster, moviemaker or animoto.
Improvisations part 2
Sometimes I adapt activities from TV shows, games, etc.
The following activity is from a drama group called ‘Mahser-i Cumbus’. While watching their performance, I usually find great ideas for my classes.
It sounds a bit confusing but it really is fun.
Student A stands up and mimes. While miming she makes a sentence with another action.
Student B comes and mimes the action student A has just said but says something else.
The situation should look and sound something like this:
A: (brushing his teeth) I’m drinking a cup of coffee
B: (drinking a cup of coffee) I’m washing my hands.
C: (washing his hands) I’m writing a letter.
You can watch a short animation I created from Xtranormal by clicking the link: http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7274801
Similar activities from my blog:
More fun with Present Continuous Tense, please visit TEFL.net for 15 fun games for the present continuous tense.
With my grade 10 students, we are revising the simple present tense at the moment and while planning what I’ll do, I listed some activities that I used in the previous years as warmers or fillers. I’ll be happy if you also add your favourite Present Simple Tense activities here
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF …
For example: My favourite object is my netbook. She sometimes wakes up very early to go to school with me. She likes drinking coffee with me while waiting for the bell to ring….
MY DAILY ROUTINE
HOBBIES / ROUTINES CHALLENGE
Variation: You can do it as a chain story.
Variation: Choose a letter together, each word of the sentence should begin with that sentence.
FOLLOW UP: You can discuss them or ask them which one they liked best or if there is a similar one in their mother tongue.
You can read it here. Instead of Colours you can ask them to write a poem with same skeleton for emotions.