How many things…

How many things…

This warmer is always a fun way to get your students thinking and practicing their vocabulary. I first came across this activity in this book, which has some great ideas for mini-brain workouts for quiet or tired students.

This activity is extremely easy to do and requires no pre-class preparation or materials.

Activity Time:  5 – 10 mins +
Materials required: pencil and paper for each pair of students
Number of students: 2 +
Skills practiced:Vocabulary revision
Level: All levels

  • In pairs or groups students have to note down as many things as they can think of that fit a certain definition.

  • For example, you might say to the class “How many things can you think of that are round?

  • Each group then gets a certain amount of time to think and write down as many things as they can. The group with the most are the winners and get a point for that round.

Some suggestions:

How many things…
  • are bigger than an elephant?
  • are smaller than a mouse?
  • are long and thin?
  • do people like to look at?
  • can you sit on?
  • are purple?
  • cost more than £1000?
  • are better than an iPhone?!
  • fit in your pocket?
  • are free?

You can find more brain breaks like this here and here.

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