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Unit 2: My Friends and I

Day Two: Favorite activities


Students will participate in an oral and written class survey of activities they like and don't like to do.

Setting the Stage (3 minutes)

Teacher leads a brainstorm session on Overhead Transparency or on whiteboard: "What would you write about if you were introducing yourself to a new pen pal?"

Input (10 minutes)

Teacher shows pictures (overhead transparencies, Powerpoint, magazines) that illustrate what he/she likes to do and does not like to do.
  • Write letters
  • Play videogames
  • Sing
  • Play sports
  • Outdoor activities (horseback riding, skiing, swimming, etc.)
  • Listen to music
  • Play a musical instrument
  • Draw or paint
  • Look at television
  • Run
  • Ride a bicycle
  • Use the computer
  • Travel
  • Read
  • Dance
  • Go to the beach, the mountains, etc.,
  • Sleep
  • Go for walks
  • Go hiking
  • Go to movies, concerts, plays, etc.
  • Roller-blade
  • Skateboard
  • Study
  • Do homework
  • Take tests

Throughout the input phase, the teacher checks for comprehension by asking Yes/No, Either/or, and Who/What/Where/When questions related to the input.

Guided Practice (15-20 minutes)

Activity 1

Students, working in small groups, look at a series of photographs that depict teenagers in various contexts (in a gym, on a bike, at the cinema, at the beach, at home, talking on the phone, at a horse ranch, playing a guitar, working with a computer, skate-boarding in the park, reading a book, etc.). They brainstorm about the age of the young people in the photos and what they like to do.

The teacher has prepared a short "statement" that each of the various students depicted in the photographs has written. For example:

  • Hi. My name is Mathilda. I'm 13 years old. I live in Switzerland. I love sports, especially skiing. I also like to ice-skate.
  • Hi, my name is Thuy. I live in Vietnam. I am 15 years old. I like to go shopping with friends. I also like to go to the movies.
The teacher cuts each statement as a separate strip. The students, in pairs or small groups, receive a copy of each statement and match the statement to the photo. The groups then compare their results with another nearby group.

The teacher walks around the classroom and encourages students as they work. When the class indicates that everyone is finished, the teacher asks for volunteers (one volunteer per photo) to read the appropriate "statement."

Activity 2

The students, in pairs, respond to a questionnaire that asks a variety of questions about the photos they have been looking at and discussing:

  • True-false questions, such as "Mathilda lives in Canada." "Mathilda doesn't like to play the piano." "Thuy is not 15 years old; she's 13." etc.
  • Find the expressions that tell age, give a name, describe nationality, indicate an activity, and write them down.
  • Who is it? Who likes to ride bikes? Who likes to go to the movies? Who likes to read at home? etc.
Each student pair meets with another pair and they all decide what the correct answers are.

Independent Practice (15-20 minutes)

Activity 1

Students, in pairs, write an additional true-false statement about each of the photographs. Then the class is divided into two teams. Each team is responsible for writing all their true-false statements with heavy-tip color markers on a piece of butcher paper. The team with the most statements in 5 minutes wins a prize...a piece of candy, a "bravo" ticket, whatever the teacher finds appropriate. (Read more about using bravo tickets.)

Activity 2

Students write a short paragraph that tells which of the students in the photographs they would like to meet and why. Example:

I would like to meet Tom. He is one year older than I am. He likes to swim and I like to swim. He likes classical music and so do I. He lives in Beverly Hills.

Activity 3

Students create a class list of activities they like to do and don't like to do. The list indicates the number of students for each activity. The teacher calls for a volunteer to come to the white board in front of the room and write down all the activities that his/her classmates like to do. The volunteer asks for students who like to do each activity to raise a hand. The volunteer counts the number of hands showing and writes that number down next to the activity in question. For example:

Listen to music 15
Go to the movies 5
Don't like sports3

Closure (2 minutes)

Teacher asks for volunteers to indicate (orally) which activities were productive today and why.

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