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4 Pictures 1 Word ESL Game TEFL Kids English
Due to the popularity of the last Four Picture One Word post, I have made a second round for your classes’ pleasure. This is level two and has some more challenging words for your class to discover.

For those who have not tried this game before, students look at four pictures that are connected by one word. They must guess the word. 







Activity Time:   10 +
Materials required: Powerpoint presentation below. 
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening.
Level: Kids, teens and adults Beginners +


Method

1. Split the class into teams. Groups of two and three are best.

2. Explain the game to the students. Tell them that they are going to see four pictures. The four pictures are connected by one common word. In their groups, they must decide what the word is. To ensure that they understand, try this example.

ESL Four Pictures one Word ESLKidsGames.com

3. Now begin the game. For each correct answer, each team gets one point. If both teams guess the correct answer, they both get the point. To avoid any problems, ask the teams to write down their answer before they say it. Don’t let students shout the answer. If you need to, deduct points to deter shouting out answers.

Download (PPTX, 1.13MB)

 
 
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St Patrick’s Day

ESL guaranteed Irish fun Activities for St Patricks day eslkidsgames.com
This post looks at a number of ESL activities to add to your lesson plan for St Patrick’s Day. This post has activities for Young Learners, teens and adults.
As I am Irish myself, St Patrick’s Day is one of my favourite holidays that I get to teach about. Due to this, I have put together a number of activities that are fun, engaging and there are lots of opportunities for students to practice key skills and use their creativity.
As always, please leave your feedback, comments and suggestions below or email, tweet or Facebook me.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit
Happy St Patrick’s Day to you (In Irish)

Story of St Patrick (Video)

Activity Time:   10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Copy of the Powerpoint 
Skills practiced: Writing, brainstorming, critical thinking, speaking, listening.
Level: Teens and adults. Pre intermediate +

Method
1. Before you begin the slideshow, ask the students what they know about St Patrick.2. Tell them they are going to hear about the story of St Patrick.

Whiskey In The Jar

“Whiskey in the Jar” is one of the most popular traditional Irish tunes. It features love, robbery, betrayal and a melody that has become known the world over.
The story tells of an Irish highway man who travels the Cork and Kerry mountains and the song tells of how the bold highway man robs from an English soldier.
Activity Time: 10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Student handout , Music video below
Skills practiced: Listening, vocabulary, speaking.
Level: Teens and adults Pre-intermediate +
Part One : Music story and look at vocabulary
Key Vocabulary

Project or give each student a list of the key vocabulary of the song. First, get the students to find the meaning of the words if they don’t know them.

Then ask them in pairs to guess what the song might be about.

Part Two: Listening 

Give each student a copy of the handout. Give them some time to read and correct any errors they think they see, then let them listen and correct the errors.

Stage 1  Listen and correct the errors

The original lyrics
Student’s version with errors
Stage 2 Listen and put the sentences into the correct order (see printable)
Stage 3 Listen and fill in the gaps (see printable)


The Wild Rover – gap fill

Activity Time:   10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Student handout  (View), Music below
Skills practiced: Listening, vocabulary, speaking.
Level: Teens and adults beginners +

Method
1. Give students a copy of the handout. Tell them to look at the gaps. Each gap is missing a verb. Tell them to predict which word is missing.2. Students check their ideas in pairs.3. Students listen to the song and correct their answers.4. Now get them singing and clapping! My students always love singing this song.

St Patrick’s Day Storyboard

Activity Time:   10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Copy of picture board 
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and expressions
Level: Young Learners +

Method
1. Print out a copy of the storyboards for each pair of students.

2. Cut up the cards and mix them.

3. Give a set of the cards to each pair of students. Tell them that they must look at the pictures and arrange them in the correct order. Then they must write a story using the cards. Tell them that they must write one sentence per picture (Young Learners, a paragraph for teens etc) Tell the students they have 10 minutes.
Allow the students to use resources such as dictionaries etc to develop their stories.

4. After students have written their stories, get them to share and present them to the class.

ESL Story picture story prompts for ESL Young learners Story writing

 

St Patrick’s Day Idioms

St Patrick’s Day is a great opportunity to give students with a chance to learn idioms. Idioms are an important part of language learning. They are a common part of speech and an important part of fluency.
Activity Time:   10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Copy of idiom pictures below PDF
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and expressions
Level: Young Learners (one or two idioms),Teens and adults. Beginners +

 

Method:
1. After you have introduced other vocabulary for St Patrick’s Day, you can introduce idioms. Show the students the idiom and then show them the picture.

2. In pairs, students try to decide what the idiom means then they report back to the class. Give an example of the idiom in use and then get the students to write their own sentence.

3. Revision is important with Idioms. As in the Powerpoint presentation, when revising idioms show the students the picture and ask them in pairs to write the idiom. After check if they have remembered correctly. Following this, concept check the meaning.

Good Luck eslkidsgames.com St Patrick's Day
Definition: A wish of good luck to someone. 
to have a green thumb idiom eslkidsgames.com St Patrick's Day
Definition: A talent for making things grow. 
a green eyed monster idiom eslkidsgames.com
Definition: Jealousy 
to be green idiom eslkidsgames.com
Definition: To recycle materials and good for the environment.
grass is always greener on the other side idiom eslkidsgames.com
Definition: A different place appears better than where you are. 
the luck of the Irish Idiom www.eslkidsgames.com St Patrick's Day
Expression: The Irish are lucky or have luck.
to give the green light idiom eslkidsgames.com
Definition: To give someone permission to do something.

Extra materials For Young Learners

Flashcards – Large flashcards

Download (PDF, 370KB)

Key words Ireland, leprechaun, pot of gold, rainbow, shamrock and snake

Word Search – A word search to practice the key vocabulary of St Patrick’s Day



Four Pictures One Word

This week’s game is a simple yet great way to practice English in class while having fun.  This game is suitable for a number of age groups and English levels.

In ESL Four Pictures One Word, students view four related pictures and they must guess the word that connects them all.





Activity Time:   10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Powerpoint presentation below. 
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening, writing.
Level: Pre- intermediate +

Method

1. Split the class into teams.

2. Explain the game to the students. Tell them that they are going to see four pictures. The four pictures are connected by one common word. In their groups, they must decide what the word is. To ensure that they understand, try this example.

ESL Four pictures one word Example eslkidsgames.com

3. Now begin the game. For each correct answer, each team gets one point. If both teams guess the correct answer, they both get the point. To avoid any problems, ask the teams to write down their answer before they say it.

Download (PPTX, 1.41MB)

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Magazine personalities

This  activity is a great way to get to know your class in your first lesson and also to get them speaking about themselves and their interests. I use this activity with my teen and adult classes and have found that it’s a great way to get them talking. It also gives you a great insight into your students’ hobbies and interests which can be invaluable when writing lesson plans that engage your students and their interests. 

Activity Time:  10 mins +
Materials required:  Interactive White board, smart notebook software and the download 
Level: All levels of adults and teens. 


Method

1. Open the download. There are a total of three slides. On Slide 1, you will see the first prompt. You can tell the class that they “have been been delayed in the airport for five hours”. Here you can ask has anyone ever been delayed in the airport or missed their flight etc if you wish. Ask them to describe how they felt and how did they pass the time etc. 

On slide one you must click the picture of the face for it to appear.


2. In Slide 2, you inform the students that the airline has given them enough money to purchase any two magazines from the newsagent. 


As in Slide 1, you must click on the picture for it to appear. 


3. In Slide 3, I have put a selection of typical magazines that can be found in English. You can click on each picture to make it appear and then ask the class to discuss the magazine. What type of magazine is it? What would they expect to find in it? etc. 



4. After you have discussed all the magazines, the students then pick two that they would buy. Ask each student to explain why etc

You can add or change any of the magazines I have added.


I hope you enjoy this activity. If you use and like this activity or have any suggestions, please let me know. 

Bomb Interactive

Bomb is one of my students favorite games and as such I have decided to update it for Smart boards. I have posted the printable version of this game here.

The game is now fully interactive. Bomb can be used as a scoring system to make reviewing vocabulary, grammar etc more entertaining. 


 

Activity Time:  10 +
Materials required: Smart White board, smart notebook software. 
Level: All levels
Download: Download

 
 How to play:

1. Students select the number or tell you the position of the card they want to select.
 
3  2. Click on the card and the card will turn around and reveal either a bomb, point or no points. 

 

4.    If the students reveal points this is added to their points. If they hit a bomb they loose all their points. You can edit the number of bomb cards and points cards if you like. There are currently three bomb cards, one blank card and six points cards ranging from 5 – 15 points. 
 
 
I use this game when I play quizzes with my students. Every time each team or each student answers one or two questions correctly they choose a card. The team with the most points wins.  After a long class this game can be a great reward for good work in class.
You can use the cards as any scoring system for any game you play in class. Most groups enjoy the risk factor of the game and it makes any game more interesting.
For more interactive white board game visit the smart board section.