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A1 A2 Crafts Primary Secondary

Infinite Christmas Card

This Christmas card folds infinitely from a Christmas tree, to a present, which you open to reveal a photo of the child. It’s a really lovely and very different craft for any classroom, not just the ESL one.

I adapted the original idea from Tiktok creator, @creationsbylynzb79, and created this downloadable template to make life easier for any not-as-creative teachers that want to do something a little more interesting in class.

If you visit my own Tiktok profile, @islaidiomas, you will find videos explaining my materials, as and when I release new stuff. Please like and follow me if you’re on that social media platform, as I post new stuff on there when I upload it.

Many thanks, and enjoy!

Infinite Christmass Card Template download

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A2 Adult Present Simple Secondary writing

Tinder Dates

This is a writing activity I put together for a teen class I have to get them writing short texts. In this activity they need to imagine they are on Tinder, or a similar dating app and write their profile, or profiles of imaginary people. There are no downloads really, as you can just do this activity as is from this page.

Tinder

How do people find a date these days? Ask students and list the different ways on the whiteboard. Hopefully students should mention dating apps, if not, try and get it on the list.

What dating apps do you know about? Some they might mention are Bumble, Match.com, Tinder, Grinder (for gay men mainly) etc.

Print out the Tinder profiles below and get the students to read them and pass them round.

What language do people use? What grammar? How might one describe themselves on a dating app profile? Brainstorm vocabulary.

Writing activities
  1. Tell students to either write a profile for themself, or a classmate. (Teens may be mean, depending on the class, so make sure you tell them they have to highlight the GOOD parts about the person.)
  2. Pick two celebrities and write profiles for them. One boy and one girl… or if lots of the class have a crush on a particular celebrity, ban that person! They should be at least 50 words each person.
  3. Get students to read the profiles out and their classmates should guess who it is.
Follow up:

Pick one of the celebrities and write a reply. Get students to write a set of replies to each other. You can set a text timit… maybe 20 words per reply.

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A2 Escape Games Games Present Simple Primary Secondary

Spy Escape Game

I love using Escape Games in my classes. Usually they are fine with children from 9-10 years old. Before this age, they can be difficult, as the students often don’t have the skills required to reason. This develops as they get older.

I have written this game using an app I use in class called Escape Team, however you can use it independently of the app by using locks, or just get the students to come to you with each code as they solve it.

If you want to download the app, you can do so for free and use this game for free too with it. It’s good because the app come with it’s own timer, and it will give clues if the students get stuck. All the download links for the app on iOS and Android are below, along with the PDF for the game.

You need to print a PDF for each group playing, and if you are using electronic devices you will need one per team. I have a load of old phones I use in class for stuff like Kahoots and Escape Games. It makes it more fun.

This game is set to take an hour, but please let me know in the comments if your students found it easy or hard and if they took less or more time, so I can adjust it.

The language point is time and routines, as I wrote it for my 6th and 7th year classes that were doing time, present simple and routines at school at the time.

Here’s all the download links:

Categories
A2 Adult B1 B2 C1 C2 Secondary writing

Writing Memes

This activity is good for teenaged students with an intermediate level, though it can be used with lower level learners if adapted.

The idea of the activity is for students to read and write short, funny texts for the photos given. All photos and examples, along with instructions are included in the attached PDF file.

This reading and writing activity should last for about an hour, though you may stretch it to 90 or 120 minutes.

I hope it’s useful and please leave a comment to let me know how you have used it, if it was successful or to make any suggestions to improve it.

Download : http://classroomgames.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Memes.pdf