Recipes under the ‘Middle School’ Category

This idea can be used for any category to see who in the class likes X or Y. Here’s an example using pop groups. Brainstorm some of the student’s favorite pop groups. Write them on the board along with ways to say you like them or don’t like them. Next, on a small slip of […]

As a warm up today I passed out playing cards to my 34 5th graders (face down on desk). I had them place the cards on their foreheads without looking. I cautioned them that they were NOT to indicate (with words or gestures) what the cards were to their neighbours, that this wass a serious […]

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This is a recipe for any kind of theme.   1. Ask the students, what are the top 10 X (example. Cities in the world – see as youtube video below and here as a gif book) 2. Give students 5 minutes to brainstorm a list in their group. 3. Ask students for their guesses. […]

This video makes a great prediction or writing exercise. Just stop and pause and then students guess what happens next. Loads of possibilities to teach with this. Teachers can download the video on EFL Classroom 2.0 for use offline. Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

This is a great game that is easy to start/finish.  1. Get students in small groups.  2. Select 3 categories. Ex. Food  / Country  /  Verb 3. Select a letter from the alphabet.   Ex. G 4. Students have to write down a word beginning with that letter for each category. First to finish and […]

A simple video that makes a powerful lesson for talking about the future, resolutions, making lists.This video is a nice compliment.Ask students to brainstorm a list of 10 things they want to prioritize. Then play the video and see how many are similar. Most points/matches wins! Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

I had a nice time in a teacher training session with this video chant commercial. Just play and stop between the parts of the man/woman.  Divide the class in half with the woman / men repeating the line each time you stop. Then, play again but shut off the video audio and get students to […]

One great recipe is to play a video with vocabulary content. Not flashcards but something real and beautiful.  Then, students either write or speak or brainstorm all the vocabulary from the video in the specific category you mention.  An example is the video Forgotten. Play and get students to list all the places in the […]

Everyone loves movies! This is a great idea and a great way to have a very light but powerful lesson. 1.   Write some names of movies on the board.    Then give students 4 hints about one movie.  See if they can guess. Continue until all are off the board. 2.  Students have 2 […]

If you have a screen and projector – using video in class brings amazing power – the power of context, into your teaching. The classroom no longer has 4 walls!  Here is one quick idea. Use the video  When I grow Up . The students watch and note all the jobs they can possible note […]


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