This Activity is designed to help break the ice at the beginning of a course and assess the level of your new students.
The idea is very simple. There are 3 different habitats (Land, Sea and Sky) and students are going to group themselves according to those habitats and devise a Habitat Charter together.
Print and cut out the Habitat pictures
Print and cut out the Animal cards
Print the Habitat Charters
Introduce the 3 Habitats by placing the 3 pictures in different areas of the room
Explain to the students that they are going to be grouped by Habitats
You may model the activity by creating your own charter for a 4th Habitat with a few aliens from Mars, Venus and Jupiter: The Space Habitat Charter
Students first need to find their habitats
Each student gets an animal card that they should keep secret
Students ask each other YES/NO questions to understand which animal they are and which habitat they should join
You may model this to help weaker students into using what they know
Can you …? questions
Do you have …? Have you got …? questions
Do you …? questions
Students then make a Habitat Charter in their little groups
Give them their Charter. Students decide on:
Their favorite food
A few rules for good coexistence
Students will remember these groups throughout the year. You may reference these groups whenever you have new projects for them
Groups give presentations of their Habitat Charters
Groups vote for an ambassador to the other habitats
Groups make rules for visitors of other habitats
Groups negotitate trade agreements with other habitats (better for adults)
I’m going to give you a short description of my favourite warming-up activities. For me it’s the way to let kids energy out and concentrate it on the lesson, so most of them are active. The games can be adapted almost to every topic, so they are perfectly suitable to be in your “cool-games-bank”!
Check out “Business Nightmares” from Tom’s 10-minute talk on ProEnglish!
This activity is inspired by reality TV shows in which an expert comes to a business and gives feedback. Usually, there are big problems in the business and there is a lot of conflict between the show host and the business owner.
The situation: Students own a business (Card A). They have just been on the TV show, and the local newspaper wants to talk interview them about it (Card B). A tries to spin the story so that his/her business can survive!
In this extension, the business owner (A) tells the writer for the local newspaper (B) that he/she is going to sue! A tries to get money out of B based on what B wrote in the article.
Check out “Angry Neighbors” from Tom’s 10-minute talk on ProEnglish.
Student(s) A and Student(s) B are neighbors.
Student A (quiet neighbor) is trying to do something at home, but Student B (loud neighbor) is making a lot of noise.
Student A takes a “Quiet Neighbor” card and Student B takes a “Loud Neighbor’ Card.
Student A talks to Student B. They try to find a compromise so that both are happy!
This is a great activity to revise vocabulary in a fun way.
This activity gives you flexibility in your vocabulary revision and distracts the students with a little spying fun.
In a nutshell, students are going to code and decode words, and maybe even messages if you feel they are strong enough.
There are a lot of variations for this activity to be adapted to various ages and levels.
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