Here are some activities you can use with your students.
NAMES AND GESTURES: In-Person Activity
If students are meeting for the first time, you can use this icebreaker for them to relax and get to know each other.
Write on the board the following sentences and explain the meaning using mimics.
A. Good morning/afternoon. My name is ______.
B. Nice to meet you ______.
Stand in a circle with students.
Say “Good morning/afternoon. My name is ______.” and make a funny gesture.
Students have to answer “Nice to meet you ______.” and imitate your gesture.
Then the student next to you has to do the same:
He says his name and makes a funny gesture.
The other students answer “Nice to meet you______.” and immitate his gesture.
Continue playing until all students have had a chance to introduce themselves to the group.
Encourage students to be enthusiastic, energetic, and creative.
NAMES AND GESTURES: Distance Learning Activity
You can play the same game, but instead of standing in a circle, you can use WHEEL OF NAMES to choose who’s next.
Wheel of Names is a virtual spinner. You can type students’ names, questions, sentences, vocabulary, grammar structures… the possibilities are endless! You can also customize it by adding pictures, colors, and sounds. And the best part is that you can save your ‘wheels’ and use them later on by creating an account.
PRACTICING THE ALPHABET – GROUP 1: In-Person Activity
Introduce and practice the first group of letters as I did in the video.
Print, cut, and laminate these cards. Each small card should be cut individually.
Students will be working in groups, so you’ll need a set of cards for each group.
Give each group a set of cards and ask: “Where’s letter H? / Where’s letter A? / Where’s letter J? / Where’s letter K?”
Students identify the letter and show you the card.
Once everyone understands how to play, they can work in their groups independently by taking turns asking each other the same questions: “Where’s letter ___?”