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In particular, I'm looking forward to trying out:
- Fizz, Boing, Bounce
All are really good practical ideas for keeping your students engaged and changing the pace of your class. Really enjoyed too having a chance to see how the group of students reponded to each game.
Divide the class into 2 teams (if you have too many students in each team, 6 is perhaps the maximum), the other teams can have a turn later.
Divide the board into 4 sections with one vertical and one horzontal line.
Write the same vocabulary you want on focus on in the 2 bottom sections of the board i.e. so the same words are duplicated.
One member from each team comes to the board. The left side of the board belongs to one team, the right to the other.
You give them clues to identify one of the words written on the board: by giving it's opposite, giving a situation when it's used, giving its definition.
Members of the same team can help the person at the board to guess the word.
The first person to write the right word in the top section of the board (or if you have an Interactive Whiteboard, to move it there) wins 1 point.
The team with the most points wins.
Here's another idea:
Start with a sentence such as "I am going to the moon/When I go to the moon/I will go to the moon/a party/a desert island and I will bring..... (adjust sentence according to your lesson plan and tenses they've learned).
In order to join you on the trip, each pupil must bring something that fits the rule you've chosen, except that you don't tell them what the rule is - they have to figure it out. Some examples - a word beginning with the same letter as each person's first name, a word beginning with the last letter of the previous word, words that contain double letters, etc. The game continues until each pupil has found at least one object that he/she can bring.
Great ideas for warmers are here.I liked Change places (full of fun) game and Fortunately,Unfortunately speaking activity.Fizz ..bounce is also interesting.I'll practice the activities out with my classes.Thank you for this video material.
I used buzz as a warmer, I had good results. I´d try to use the others because they´re great. I´m sure my students will like them.
A game or a casual conversation can always act as a good warmer, both with kids and high school students.
I really liked the ideas, infuse some energy in the students. In fact it really works.
Here is another idea like creating a word ladder if you have a white board or flip-chart. Start with any word and then let each student make a word with the last alphabet of the previous word. Make it challenging by sharing the word immediately without a pause. Children usually love it even elders too.
I really love to start my lessons with warmers in classes with younger children. But do you have any ideas to start with children at the age of 13-16; I have never had the courage to start there with a warmer as I am afraid I loose all control about my students - at that age they are just toooooooo funny!
Kids at any age are willing to dwell into some activity. May it be an intriguing word puzzle or generating a poem through a word game. I tried some brain teasers as a Morning challenge, worked like anything. Class discipline is never lost :)
Thank you for your great ideas :)
Really liked all of them!!!
I think even adults will enjoy!!!
First class warmer:
Box of matches - presentation
Students need to strike a match and talk about them to other students as much as they can until the match goes off or it burns their fingers. Other students can make questions, too!!!
Do this until all students have done their presentation.
Thanks Sheila for sharing. It can be adapted in various ways I think. I will use it for revision as well.
It was very funny watching the video and it was useful too.
Thanks for the ideas. I will use some of them in my lessons.
Thank you for a great video!
I use vocabulary review warmers. I write the vocabulary from the previous lesson(s) on small pieces of paper and have my students to pull one out of a bag. Then, they either
- explain it (taboo game)
- draw it (with pre-set time limit)
- mime it
- organize it (into given groups)
- find a partner (with a synonym, antonym, taboo game)
These can be done as group work or pair work, depending on the size of the class. I encourage students to move around the classroom freely and acknowledge the completion of their task.
Let me know what you think of it.
I'll use it with my little pupils. They are at age of 10. By the end of the term they are usually tired and I think your exercise will help them learn new words with enthusiasm.
changing places is awesome!
Thanks a lot for filming what you do. The ideas are good and useful . Going to try them myself.
Now I realized why warmers are essential, the secret of what to include in them, gave me a better understanding.
It's really creative! I love it.
All of them ar good warmers but I mostly like Fortunately and unfortunately.
I tried Fizz, Boing, Bounce in my session today and the level of energy generated in the class was hysterical! Totally worth it.
I like these warmers. They're fun. However, I can't use them with my students because of the classroom layout. We work in classrooms with a traditional layout. There are 4 rows. In each row, there are about 6 two-seat desks and the desks are heavy and quite difficult to move around.
With a traditional classroom layout perhaps you could try asking students to stand in a circle either at the front of the class or around the desks for some of these warmers. Another idea is to use a zig-zag formation, so that students take turns to speak from their desks. There’s more on classroom layout in this article: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/articles/classroom-layout.
Thank you for the great ideas you shared. My favourite is Fortunately/Unfortunately, as I can use it in my private lessons. Are there any warmers that can be used in one-on-one lessons? Almost everything I find is for a group of students.
Nice and simple I could use in my classes
I have really enjoy seen this alive demostration, I can see the students are really enjoyig it, there is a combination of funess and willingness to work. I look forward to using similar ideas!
Asking questions is also a good way to make students think. Especially in the secondary school