Hands-on activities and classroom games encourage creativity, communication, and collaboration. If students are working with partners or in small teams, they have to collaborate and communicate to complete the task. Students can practice their English speaking skills.
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In our first article in this series, we described seven activities to
engage your students in learning English. You can read that article
here: Hands-on Activities for Teaching English.
Incorporating hands-on activities into your lesson plans is key to reaching a variety of students.
Here are seven more simple activities and games to get students moving and learning in the English classroom. These activities can be used by teachers, parents, tutors, study groups, and home-school teachers to help English language students learn and practice new vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension.
This is a great way to get students
out of their chairs and communicating. Teachers can use this activity
with any topic and at any time with little preparation.
The instructions are simple. When the music begins, the students get up and randomly walk around the classroom. When
the music stops, students turn to their nearest classmate to discuss a
topic or answer.
I like to use this activity with discussion questions. I ask a question, then turn on the music. As students are walking, they can think about their answer. When the music stops, they find their partner and discuss the answer.
This is also a great icebreaker activity for a new class. When the music stops, students take turns introducing themselves and answering questions given by the teacher.
This is an easy way to review phonics
and letter sounds. The whole class sits in a circle. One student says a
word. The next student must say a word that starts with the last sound
of the previous word. To make this more difficult, choose a topic or
category for all the words: boy’s names, animals, things found in a
Topic: things found in a kitchen
Student 1: knife (ends with f sound)
Student 2: food (begins with f sound; ends with d sound)
Student 3: drinks (begins with d sound; ends with s sound)
Student 4: soap (begins with s sound; ends with p sound)
Student 5: pan (begins with p sound; ends with n sound)
Continue around the circle until everyone has contributed or until you run out of words. For a variation, you could eliminate students when they can’t think of a word and the final student playing is the winner. Scoring is optional.
This activity is a fun way to review
vocabulary and the alphabet while practicing sentences. This game is
known by many names including "the shopping game," "I took my basket
shopping," "I packed my suitcase," and "camping trip." You can use any
version of this game to review vocabulary in many topics. The words don't necessarily have to make sense with the category.
Player 1: I’m taking a trip, and I’m going to pack an apple.
Player 2: I’m taking a trip, and I’m going to pack an apple and a book.
Player 3: I’m taking a trip, and I’m going to pack an apple, a book, and a cap.
Player 4: I’m taking a trip, and I’m going to pack an apple, a book, a cap, and deodorant.
Continue around the circle, using the entire alphabet.
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