I like using magic tricks to get student’s attention. Along the way, they are learning a lot as you explain and show using language. A great way for rich language learning. Here’s a favorite I used to use with my kids.
I”ll guess your birthday Magic Trick
Ask your students to do the following, calculating for their own birthday. Go slow and repeat the instructions so they follow along. Use the board to show an example.
Now the fun! – Ask a student to tell you their result. In your head, quickly do the following
Tell the student their birthday! (for example, using my own – Sept. 8th).
They will be amazed! Tell a few more students when their birthday is. For homework ask them to try and find out how you did it! They’ll come up with some creative answers!
There are a lot of amazing science and math tricks that teachers can learn easily and which offer very powerful engagement AND language learning activities.Magic Tricks
This post was submitted by David Deubelbeiss.
What's a teaching recipe? It's an idea teachers can use to make a lesson. Short or detailed. Add your own and help out your fellow teachers!