Family Photos

This is a fun activity to do at the beginning of the school year or course. But works any time.

Ask students to bring in 5 photos with family and friends in them. Have some of your own to provide to students who forget or don’t bring some – they can make up the answers!

Model by showing a photo of your own and get students to ask you questions about it. Put the question words on the board and the group has to ask 5 questions for each photo.

Who / What / Where / When  /  Why / How … / Do / Does / Did  / Have

For beginners you might provide a list of common questions in full.

Where was this photo taken?  Who took the photo? When was the photo taken? Who is he/she? Why is he / she ………..?  Why did …….?   Does he/she …..?


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