TeachingEnglish has lots of different activities for teachers who are teaching English around the world to children aged 5-12. To help you find suitable activities, we have three levels on our site. These activities for level 3 are most suitable for children who can understand and use a wide range of language and can follow a variety of complex stories and texts, including those aimed at native-speaker children. Teachers can use the levels as a guide. However, all children learn differently, so try activities from different levels at any time, especially if it is a topic they enjoy.

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In the teacher’s shoes

This is great for the first class with a new group or when you come back to class after a holiday or even after a weekend.

Family snapshot

If you teach young learners who are all the same age and live in the same town, opportunities for sharing and comparing life experiences can feel more limited than they would be in a multi-national class of adult learners.

One word stories

This is a simple activity where each student adds a word to create a group story.

The Turing Test

Alan Turing proposed a test inspired by a party game known as the 'Imitation Game', in which a man and a woman go into separate rooms, and guests try to tell them apart by writing a series of questions and reading the typewritten answers the man and the woman send back.

Talking topics

This simple board game provides an excellent way to give students a bit of free speaking practice.

Kings and Queens

This is a topic which can be spread over a few lessons and one which covers several language areas including food, clothes, biographies, family trees and parties. It’s steeped in British culture as the Royal Family is an integral part of British identity and image abroad. The majority of the activities are linked through a fictitious King or Queen invented by the children themselves in pairs or small groups depending on the size of your class.

What's on my head?

This activity is an adaptation of the original Hedbanz and is good for practising or revising vocabulary in general or it can be related to a specific topic.

Pass the ball

This game practises adjectives. You need a ball, or alternatively a screwed up piece of paper will work fine.

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