How many things…

    How many things…

    This warmer is always a fun way to get your students thinking and practicing their vocabulary. I first came across this activity in this book, which has some great ideas for mini-brain workouts for quiet or tired students.

    This activity is extremely easy to do and requires no pre-class preparation or materials.

    Activity Time:  5 – 10 mins +
    Materials required: pencil and paper for each pair of students
    Number of students: 2 +
    Skills practiced:Vocabulary revision
    Level: All levels


    • In pairs or groups students have to note down as many things as they can think of that fit a certain definition.


    • For example, you might say to the class “How many things can you think of that are round?
    • Each group then gets a certain amount of time to think and write down as many things as they can. The group with the most are the winners and get a point for that round. 
    Some suggestions:
    How many things…
    • are bigger than an elephant? 
    • are smaller than a mouse?
    • are long and thin?
    • do people like to look at?
    • can you sit on?
    • are purple?
    • cost more than £1000?
    • are better than an iPhone?!
    • fit in your pocket?
    • are free?
    You can find more brain breaks like this here and here.

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