e-Activities

Making online classes fun – Part 1

e-Activities, for A2 level students, to make your online classes more engaging! Teaching online can become really boring, especially for students. Speaking is the main interaction students and teachers have. But that does not mean you cannot make the lesson more engaging and fun!

Try the following activities and your students will adore you.

Can you Guess What I See? – 15 Questions

Can you guess what I see, is a fun active game to play with your online students.

  1. Ask your student/s to have a look around them. They must choose an object and describe it. 
  2. You must try to guess the object from the description. – You have 3 or 5 guesses (Depends on the level of your students)
    1. If you guess the object correctly, then your student has to do an action. e.g. Jump 3 times, Fly, Run etc.
    2. If you don’t guess the object correctly, then you have to do the action.
    3. If the Object described is in your surroundings too, then you must both do the action.

Then it is your turn. 

 

Example

Student: It is made out of wood and you can sit on it.

Teacher: Is it a chair? (1st Guess)

Student: No. It is like a chair but it has no back.

Teacher: A stool. (2nd Guess)

Student: Yes!

Now your student has to get up from his/her chair and do an action.

Then it is your turn to describe an object.

Tell me five things that:

  • are Blue
  • are Red
  • are Round
  • are made out of wood
  • are Wild animals
  • are Useful
  • are made out of plastic
  • can be listened to

We have 10 seconds to answer the question. If not, then you have to do an action. (The player must decide the action.)

Five things you can do with:

  • A hammer
  • A bicycle
  • PS4
  • PC
  • An umbrella

Expressions to use:

  • You can … with it
  • You could use it as … to …

Take turns saying something about the object. Each player will get 1 point for every answer The one that has the least points has to do an action.

Aaaaand Boom!

A fun activity that is mostly made so that students get excited about the lesson and practice some speaking. Accuracy is not the objective of this activity. 

How to play

Begin a story. While saying the story you can pause by shouting “aaand boom”  and do a gesture with your hand in front of the camera at your opponent. Your opponent has to hide so you do not “get” him. If you get him, he has to continue the story. If not then you have to continue.

The story can be about:

  • A rescue mission
  • Fighting dragons
  • Space exploration
  • Or whatever you or your student wants

It would be best to prepare a story before the lesson begins.

Rules:

  1. You cannot “aaaand boom” the other person after two words. You must have formed at least a sentence.
  2. You cannot “aaaand boom” straight away once you get “aaaand boomed”

Picture That Story

Find on the internet five to ten pictures and tell your students a story using all of the pictures. – Try to make it as fun as you can with some surprising elements.

After that, have a look at the pictures together and ask them to find all the verbs that could be used in relation to those pictures.

Past Tense Form Review

A great way to practice the past tenses is to ask your students to form the past tense of each verb and make a sentence before either individually, or as a team come up with a story involving all of the pictures.

You can also allow them to search on the internet to change or add a photograph in the story.

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