ONLINE LESSONS: A MENU OF IDEAS

APPETISERS

  • 1–10 

The group counts from one to ten. Anyone can start the lessons by saying ‘one’. Another person says ‘two’, and another says ‘three’. There is no order. Anyone can say a number at any time. If two people say the same number at the same time, start again from ‘one’. 

  • Point to 

Change the view so that all participants are visible on the screen (e.g. gallery view in Zoom). Teacher says, ‘Point to (name of participant).’ Everyone points to that person. Build up to saying two or three names of participants. Keep it quick and fast paced. 

  • Run and find … 

Teacher says, ‘Show me something yellow/round/blue/that smells nice/soft’, etc. Participants run and fetch the item to show the group. This can be adapted to run and find items that spell a word. For example, find things that spell ‘try’. Participants bring something beginning with ‘t’/‘r’/‘y’. 

  • Stamp the word (variation of hit the board) 

On the shared whiteboard/PowerPoint slide, include the words covered during the lessons – for example, opposites. Participants use the arrow stamp tool (in Zoom this is under annotate – stamp – arrow). Teacher says the opposite, each participant ‘stamps’ with the arrow next to the word. The arrow stamp has the participant’s name on it. Alternatively, participants can put a tick or a line or any mark from the annotate function. 

  • Girls/boys 

When asking for answers, you can ask groups to respond, not just individuals. For example, tell them you’re going to show some pictures of objects. Participants need to shout out the words. Teacher shows the picture and says, ‘All the girls say the word’ or ‘All the boys say the word’.

COFFEE (ENERGISERS) 

  • Spider-man, Superwoman and Batman

 Teacher says ‘Spider-man’ and everyone stands up and shoots Spider-man webs around the room. Teacher says, ‘Superwoman’, and everyone stands up and puts one arm in front, one behind with their elbow bent. Teacher says, ‘Batman’, and everyone flaps their arms like a bat. Say them quickly. Give the students turns to call out the instructions (be careful if anyone is wearing headphones attached to the computer!).

SIDE DISHES (CHECKING ANSWERS)

  • Mini whiteboards 

Participants show answers on mini whiteboards – this can be a piece of paper in a plastic bag or plastic wallet or covered in clear sticky tape. Use a marker pen or felt pen to write. Rub it off with tissue.

  • Gestures 

Use this for true/false or numbered questions. Teacher says, ‘Question 1, show me’. Participants show with their hands. Thumbs up/down for yes/no. Fingers for which answer (1/2/3, etc.).

DESSERT (REVIEW)

  • Graffiti wall 

Everyone writes a favourite word of the lesson on the shared whiteboard. Everyone draws a symbol to summarise the lessons. Everyone draws a smiley face with big smile/straight smile/sad smile to show how confident they are with using what they have learned.

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