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!
|Time:||15 - 20 mins|
|Level:||Junior high grade 1|
|Works with:||This is my bag. Is that your bag?|
|Class size:||Small to large|
You will need:
- Scrap paper
(Alternatively, you could prepare a template, see image below)
Part 1: Prep
- Students make pairs, each pair gets a piece of paper.
(Blank paper or copies of templates similar to image shown below.)
- If using blank paper, students now draw the template. (You'll have to draw it on the board for them to copy.)
- Next, students draw some items underneath the trees.
Part 2: Interaction
- In pairs, students walk around and find another pair to chat with.
- Paper, scissors, rock. Winners show their paper.
- First student (from winning team) introduces one near item.
- Second student introduces one far item.
- Third student (from losing team) asks about one near item.
- Forth student asks about one far item.
- Interaction finished, find a new pair!
- When you explain this activity, the best thing to do is demonstrate. Draw the image on the board and go through the speaking roles with the teacher.
- To help students get through the speaking a little smoother, you can label the trees. The "this" tree and the "that" tree.
- This activity will take some time. Get the students cracking on with the drawing.
This activity will take some time but it adds a creative and tactile component to using the terms this and that. It's a fun way to practice an unexciting but often used piece of vocabulary and is well worth the extra time.
This activity works well with Sunshine 1 Program 5 section 1.