English Communication Activities (PUZZLE) are activities for practicing English in a "real" situation (as opposed to call/response, etc.). The puzzle aspect involves each student having a piece of the "information puzzle"; students share their information to complete the activity. There is also a PowerPoint presentation to further increase motivation for the students. The PPT can be used as a centerpiece for the activity or simply as a tool to review and check answers.
This is a one- to three-lesson activity. The three main sections are: 1) Family Search, 2) Monster Hunt, 3) Monster Extermination. This activity is built around an interactive PPT (a normal PPT that you can click on to make things happen). You must make the correct pairings to reveal the correct answers.
In the Family Search phase, family members are hidden around a haunted house. The location of the family members are revealed on cards given to the students; each card has the location of one family member. Students must ask one another for the location of the other family members. When the family members are found, the students write them on the picture on the worksheet.
In the Monster Hunt phase, monsters are hidden around the haunted house. The other logistics are the same except the students write sentences for where the monsters are located.
In the Monster Extermination phase, students are given a list of items they must use to get rid of each of the monsters. The students try to pair the correct items to the correct monsters, at which point the monsters are removed and the family members saved. The students write sentences for which items can be used to get rid of which monsters.
If time is short (one lesson), the monster hunt can be taught and the monster extermination explained at the end of the lesson. If there is more time (two lessons), the family search can be taught first, the monster hunt taught in a streamlined fashion, and slightly more time given to let students guess about how to get rid of the monsters. If there is ample time (three lessons), both the family search and monster hunt phases can be taught in depth, and an entire lesson allotted for the extermination phase with video clips and images provided by the teacher via the internet to extrapolate on each monster individually.
Generally speaking, the lesson begins with an introduction to the necessary grammar and vocabulary for the activity. Students are then given time to complete the activity (see below), and then the answers are reviewed (or the entire lesson guided by) using the PowerPoint file.
This puzzle can be completed in a number of different ways: pairs, small groups, progressively-large groups, or as a whole class. The whole-class activity model can also be used as a review activity, when all of the students should already know the location of all of the family members/monsters, in which case they are just checking for accuracy.
This lesson works amazingly well as an ESL lesson to review family members and learn the names of the rooms of a house. It also works extremely well as a Halloween activity to teach about different kinds of monsters. It can be "played" for two weeks in a row or separated by any period of time.
The target grammar:
Where’s your _[family member]_?
*Where are you?
He’s/She’s in the _[room]_.
I'm in the _[room]_.
Where’s the _[monster]_?
He’s/She’s/It’s in the _[room]_.
Use a/X _[item]_ to kill a _[monster]_.
The target vocabulary:
This product includes two double-sided worksheets (one for Family Search and one for Monster Hunt/Extermination); an interactive PowerPoint file with answer-reveal for Family Search, review for rooms of the house, the monster introduction, answer-reveal for Monster Hunt, and answer reveal for Monster Extermination; a PowerPoint file to demonstrate how to group students; and a detailed lesson plan including teaching suggestions, board layouts, etc.
The material included in the sample includes the PowerPoint files (on the reveal slides, only father, kitchen, witch, and water fully function; the detail level of pictures has been reduced for a smaller file size), PDF worksheets (which for some reason do not handle images well; the original DOC versions are included in the full package), and blank cards.
Keywords: father (dad), brother, mother (mom), sister, friend, you, bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, living room, dining room, yard, monster, ghost, werewolf, mummy, witch, vampire, zombie, silver bullet, wooden stake, water, fire, diary, hammer
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