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Updated by Daniela Lyra on Mar 03, 2014
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5- 10 minute activities for the language classroom

Here is a list of short activities you can use in class as a filler, warmer or wrap up.

Icebreakers and Warm ups

A list of tested activities to spice up our lessons.

Digital Tasks for Busy Teachers: Routine

Tangled is a sweet animation, and it has a great scene to contextualize the use of the present simple. I like the way this scene helps students understand that they are talking about her routine, and the tasks she has to carry out everyday. What is your favorite fairy tale?

If the Ship Sinks, We Have the Survival Kit!

This is a very similar idea to a post published before ("Change Places If " ) but with some twists. Students will definitely enjoy working on this activity! Have students make a circle with a student in the middle. Give each student a piece of making tape.

If the Ship Sinks, We Have the Survival Kit!

picture credits: In this activity students will have an opportunity to exercise their creativity and fluency skills. Level: Basic and Intermediate Grammar Point: Simple Past and Past Continuous Materials Needed: balloons and a pen Instructions: Give each student a balloon and ask him/her to blow it and use a marker to write an action verb on it.

If the Ship Sinks, We Have the Survival Kit!

The vocabulary for this activity can be taken from a text students have just finished reading or from a vocabulary list. Materials needed: a ball and slips with words 1. Model how to work with the ball: every time a word is said, the ball should be bounced against the floor at the moment the strongest syllable is pronounced.

If the Ship Sinks, We Have the Survival Kit!

picture credits: Level: from Low-Intermediate to Advanced Skill: speaking Material needed: slips with sentences This is a fun game to be played in the beginning or end of a class, specially if the lesson is related to hotels or traveling. Through mimes, students have to communicate a message to their groups.