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January 02, 2007

Lesson Plans- Animal Mingling Activity

Hello Readers,

Happy New Year!! Hope you enjoyed your celebrations for the new year and that 2007 treats you well. In regards to ESL, here's an easy and fun activity that you get your students to do at the start of a lesson...

...about animals. This is for young learners, though some adults might find this useful/entertaining as well.

First, you'll need to prepare a some cards. To do this, you can cut out pictures of animals from magazines, or go to a website like http://www.esl-images.com/subpage1.asp for picture downloads. Or, if you've got artistic skill, you can draw your own pictures of animals. You'll need duplicates of each picture and a total of at least the number of students you have in your class. Glue one picture per card. Write the name of the animal on the bottom of the card.

Next, demonstrate what your students should do by showing them a card, and then asking them to act out that animal. Then have the students tell you what animal it is, if they know it.

After that, tell your students that you will give them each one card that they need to act out. They should not show anyone else their card. They should then go and find their partner by asking "Are you a/an 'animal name'?" Partners should sit together.

Game is over when everyone has a partner.

Feedback: have each pair act out their animal for everyone else to guess. Write the names of the animals on the board for the students to copy.

You can have these partners work together for the rest of the class or use the same activity in the future to match up the students with a partner for other activities (and as a review of animals).

Good luck!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at January 2, 2007 04:45 AM

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