May is round the corner. This means another school is about to end. Here you can find some revision games and activities that you’d like to use.
When I’m 65 (to revise tenses, time clauses)
Team your students
Prepare small cards, on small cards write random numbers such as 18, 22, 56, 38, etc.
Put the cards upside down on the desk
Tell students, take one card and make a sentence.
- When I’m 65, I’ll probably have grandchildren.
- When I was 18, I was a student at university.
I had a great holiday there (to revise tenses)
Put some postcards or photos of places on the walls and tell students to walk around and imagine they were on holiday. They have to concentrate on one picture and then go back to their seats and write a paragraph, how they spent their holiday there. Then they can read and their friends try to guess which picture he has chosen.
I’m poem (to revise participles, relative clauses)
Ask them who they are. They will probably laugh and tell their names but tell them what roles do they have as a person in different places. Tell them that you’re their teacher, a mother, a wife, a friend, a colleague and although you are the same person but for your different roles, you have different responsibilities, feelings, emotions. Ask them if they are the same person as a sister, cousin, grandchild etc. Then give them the skeleton and ask them to write a poem describing who they are for different people and how they feel and react.
- I’m the girl who loves reading books
- I’m the sister watching you grow up
Target Language : Narrative Tenses, Adjectives to describe emotions, feelings, etc.
Give each student a handout with the chart below.
Play the sound effects you chose
Ask the students to fill in the following chart
|What do you see?
|What do you hear?
|What do you feel?
|What do you taste?
|What do you smell?
When your students finish completing their charts, ask them to share with their friends.
Remind them how we can start to write a first paragraph of a story. ( how we set the scene, etc)
Optional: you can ask your students to draw the scene based on their chart.
Then tell students to write an introduction paragraph for a short story or a novel.
You can download free sound effects
My 9th graders are difficult to teach, they are not motivated but whenever I want them to play a game, they become very eager. They are very competitive and even the weakest of them, try to do their bests to win a point for their teams so we play lots of games.Sometimes I adapt drill-like activities to games or interesting activities.
We were revising If Clauses and I decided to do it as tweets. I explained them how we write chain stories. Then put them in groups, gave them poster size paper and three sentences that they could start their story. They really enjoyed working in the groups and the 8th lesson of a very long day needed happily.
Another Twitter inspired activity
More Conditional Activities
1. Writing chain stories or even writing chain poems.
If you decide to do the chain poem writing activity, then give them a skeleton
If I drink coffee,
I’ll stay awake tonight
If I stay awake tonight,
I’ll fall asleep in the morning.
And if I fall asleep in the morning,
My teacher will be very angry.
2. Go and Open the Door
This activity was taken from Creative Poetry Writing by Jane Spiro.
3. Prepare conversation cards or even prepare conversation cards on PowerPoint or Google presentation.
4. Prepare 2 different sets of cards. You can use two different colours. One colour for If Clause, one colour for the result clause.
Divide the class into two and play tic-tac-toe or put them in groups and tell them the first group who matches the halves will be the winner.
5. Songs are great for teaching or revising conditionals.
My favorites are:
- If I were a boy (Beyonce)
- If I had a Million Dollars (the BarenakedLadies)
- Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
- Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper)
- Hero (Enrique Iglasias)
- Count on me (Bruno Mars)
- California Dreaming (The mamas and Papas)
6. A great list of fun activities on TEF.net http://edition.tefl.net/ideas/grammar/activities-second-conditional/
7. Ask students to stand up and form a circle. Shout a half conditional sentence, throw the ball to a student and ask him to complete it.
8. Give students scrap paper, preferably used photocopies and tell them to write 5 half conditional sentences on. Then tell them to stand up and play snowball fights. Stop them when you think the fun is enough for them. Tell them to pick the closest snowball, go back to their seats and finish the sentences.
9. You can aslo find some fun activities here.
10. Tell them to find out some superstitions from a different country and their own country and prepare a quiz or a poster.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
These days I’m dealing with the tenses with all levels so I decided to group the songs according to the tenses. As I’m focused on Past Simple and past Continuous now, I’ve started from them.
When I prepare the lessons, I’ll also add them.
Because you Loved me Celine Dion
Jealous Guy John Lennon
Hotel California The Eagles
Storyman Chris de Burgh
Fairy Tale Alexander Rybak
Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks
Our Last Summer ABBA
No reply Beatles
Candle in the Wind Elton John
You were there Eric Clapton