This is a way to practice language that doesn't easily fit into a scenario based activity. Of course, it's better to apply a scenario and try to create a mock real-use situation for practicing language, but it's not always so easy. This activity may work in some of those cases.
As a language learning tool, singing is an effective way for learners to become more familiar with the natural rhythm of spoken (sung) English. On top of that, there's something about singing that just makes you feel good. Here's a list of songs to try in junior high.
This activity uses images to help students practice using this (to specify something near) and that (to specify something some distance away). Because students draw the images themselves, they have a greater sense of ownership of the activity. Plus, it's just a bit of (quiet, creative) fun!
Trying to create a realistic scenario students can act out where they might naturally use the grammar "I mean the man reading a newspaper." isn't so easy. Instead of trying to force it, I decided we should write a poem instead.
The man trying to look busy.
The ladies sharing gossip in huddles of office chairs.
The computers shedding heat into the stuffy room.