I´m sure you´ll agree that every lesson needs a warmer or filler just in case you have this odd moment that needs filling with something to keep your students on their toes or simply give the class a change of pace.
Every teacher has a set of activities that they really like and use interchangeably during the lessons. What if you suddenly stop feeling creative and run out of ideas? Unfortunately, getting stuck is fairly common… The good news is that your inspiration is just around the corner! How about asking your fellow teachers for help?
The following warmer/filler idea was inspired by Luke Tilley.
Thanks a million for sharing, Luke!
Aimed at: Young learners/young adults/adults
LEVEL(s): Could easily be adapted for all levels/you adjust the level of difficulty
LANGUAGE: Anything you have (recently) taught
MATERIALS: NO PREP WORK AT ALL
- Split the class into two teams.
- Explain that you will be the quiz master (once your group gets the idea of the game, have students take turns to be the quiz masters!)
- Have one student from each team come to the front of the class and sit at the table (see picture above)
- Ask them a question. You could choose to base it on:
- General knowledge:
What´s the capital of…?
Who is Meghan Markel´s boyfriend?
How many colours are there in a rainbow?
What´s the longest river in the world? etc.
- Vocab revision:
Name a part of the body with a letter ´K´.
What´s the opposite of ´shy´?
What is the noun for `develop`? What is the meaning of…?
Name a word that rhymes with… .
Give me a sentence with the word… .
What is the meaning of the word… . etc.
- Grammar questions:
Name an irregular verb with the letter ´G´.
What´s the past of…?
Change the following sentence to reported speech: … .
What´s the plural of… ? etc.
There are endless possibilities!
5. The student who first snatches the pen from the table gets to answer the question. If he/she is correct he/she gets a point for the team. If no one gets it right, the quiz master scores one point.
Your students will definitely enjoy the physical action involved in this!
6. Repeat the procedure with the remaining team members. You can choose to have one or two rounds. It would all depend on your class size and the available time.
Could it be more flexible than this?
What are your favourite warmers and fillers? Please share your ideas in the comments box below.