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                             Warm Up Activities
                                 Presented by   Kristina Cernei
                                        Date 13.12.2007
1. Brainstorming
a. Group Work – usage of the table

b. Small Group discussion- using the Philips 66 technique, where the leader reports to the teacher the
   ideas presented by the group

                                                    The teacher

                                                    Group                                  Group
          Group                                     leader                                 leader

              2                                       2                                      2

              3                                       3                                      3

              4                                       4                                      4
c. Jigsaw – the students are grouped in four-s and are asked to develop on the topic. After the topic is
    brainstormed the students are grouped by their number, all 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, and they share the information.

               1                        1                 1                     2
         2           3           2           3        1       1           2          2
               4                        4                 1                     2

               1                        1                 3                     4
         2           3           2           3        3       3           4          4
               4                        4                 3                     4

2. Tongue Twisters
a. Group Work – The tongue twister is stuck on the blackboard, or written.
-   the teacher reads the students listen
-   the teacher breaks the poem into pieces, the students repeat
-   the teacher enlarges the broken pieces – the students repeat
-   the teacher reads two rows, the students repeat
-   the whole poem is being read, and repeated after the teacher
-   the reading of the poem is being speeded up
-   the poem is being tried to read faster
Optional: individual reading
                           Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
                           A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
                         If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
                   Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

b. the group is divided into smaller subgroups, and students receive each group, another tongue twister.
    Optional, exchange the tongue twisters
c. Individual work – the students pick each a tongue twister, read it for themselves, then read it in front of
    the classroom. Optional, exchange the tongue twisters

                                      A quick witted cricket critic.

                           I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.
                    Where she sits she shines, and where she shines she sits.

                                            How many boards
                                         Could the Mongols hoard
                                     If the Mongol hordes got bored?
                           How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

                         Send toast to ten tense stout saints' ten tall tents.

                                       Denise sees the fleece,
                                        Denise sees the fleas.
                                    At least Denise could sneeze
                                    and feed and freeze the fleas.

                                     Sheena leads, Sheila needs.

           The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout

3. Short Poems
a. group work
-   each group receives a poem, they read it in turns, translate if necessary
-   the students discuss the title of the poem, or the main idea, or look for the verbs, nouns, adjectives
                                       Charm Invests a Face
                                    a poem by Emily Dickinson

                                      A charm invests a face
                                        Imperfectly beheld.
                                    The lady dare not lift her veil
                                      For fear it be dispelled.

                                     But peers beyond her mesh,
                                      And wishes, and denies,
                                     Lest interview annul a want
                                        That image satisfies.

b. group work
The poems are broke into rhymes and they have to circulate around the class to find their poem’s body.
Once the poem is gathered the students read it in groups, discuss if necessary
                        Nothing Gold can Stay a poem by Robert Frost
       Nature's first green is gold,                   Then leaf subsides to leaf.
        Her hardest hue to hold.                         So Eden sank to grief,
        Her early leaf's a flower;                     So dawn goes down to day.
          But only so an hour.                           Nothing gold can stay.
   4. Small Talks
   a. students are paired and each of them is given a situation that they are to discuss and get ready for the
   b. students are given one situation that they have to discuss in pairs

   5. Proverb Commenting
   Students are being parted in pairs, or in small groups and each of them discuss a certain proverb that might
   be later on connected to the theme to be taught.

   6. Word Puzzle
    Students are being handed in a copy of words, written in form of a puzzle, the students are to look for the
words, and then asked to connect the words to the topic of the lesson.

   7. Testing
   Students are being parted in pairs, after that they are handed in some questions to be answered on “Friends”.
   They are to predict their partner’s answers. Then, speak to their partner and find out if they were correct or
   not. After they have finished, swap the papers and do the same again. Add up the scores to see what kind of
   friends they are.

   8. Chain Stories
   a. Students are grouped in 4s, and they asked to develop on a story by writing down a little story.
   b. Students are each asked to make up sentences developing the story, then they make up the story
   -   One day I decided to take a bus as far as it went….
   -   One day I decided to go somewhere so no one could find me….
   -   One day I woke up late…
   -   One day I decided to change my life…
   -   One day I decided to be really bad….

                       One day I decided to take a bus as far as it went….
Student 1
Student 2
Student 3
Student 4
9. Throw the Dice

10.   Description

      1             2    3    4
      5             6    7    8
      9             10   11   12
      13            14   15   16
      17            18   19   20
Students receive some cards first that determines their number. Then the students get other cards with
similar numbers and their task is to describe the person who is wearing that particular number. This kind of
activity may be done at any topic of the lesson, like Sports – who is fond of what sports, etc.

         1                             2                           3                              4
         5                             6                           7                              8
         9                            10                          11                              12
        13                            14                          15                              16
        17                            18                          19                              20

11.      Comparing
Students are asked to write a list of words that they can attribute to the theme. Each of them writes
individually. After that they are parted in pairs, and then they are grouped. After completing their lists they
may present it, if necessary, to the class.

      My ideas                My Partner’s Idea           The group’ s Ideas            The Class’s ideas
12.    Steps of Becoming a Good Friend

                            1                                   2            3



                            8                                   7            6

      a. Fill in the words describing a good friend.
      b. Throw the dice and make up sentences illustrating your adjectives
      c. Give the antonyms of the words
 13.        Relationship Table
Between 2 women             Between a man              Between teachers               Between parents
                              and a woman                 and students                 and children

 14.        Managing
 Students are paired and are given each a situation.
 Imagine that you are in a public place, in a foreign country. You really need someone to help you through
 your staying experience. Try to make conversation with that person without him/her realize that you need
 a. at the restaurant                                       f. in the street
 b. at the shop                                             g. at the drug store
 c. at the doctor’s                                         h. at the museum
 d. at the police station                                   i. at the library
 e. at a café                                               j. at the hairdresser’s

 1. Nancy Ellen Zelman, Conversation Inspirations, Pro Lingua Associates, 2000
 2. Timesaver Speaking Activities, Mary Glasgow Magazines
 3. Mud Puddle, The Big Book of Word Search Puzzles, New York, 2003

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