Survey the students and open a discussion with the following questions:
How often do you use a smart phone?
How many hours in a day would you say you're on your smart phone?
(Calculate estimates with WhatsApp timestamps)
What do you typically use your phone for?
Pre-teach certain vocabulary from the text. Along with the Vocabulary Match from the PDF, there are plenty of vocabulary words to review that will show up on the Kahoot!
To bend (our necks)
To hunch (over)
An unnatural angle
If you've never used Kahoot before:
1. Go here to play the Kahoot! with your students!
2. Have your kids take out their phones or classroom computers and go to Kahoot.it
3. Enter the game ID
4. Create a Name
An Extra Touch
Bring a scale.
Put things on the scale and review numbers and weights.
Choose something in the class or bring something in that weighs 4.5 kg to show how much the head weighs.
Time our how long some students can hold that in an unnatural position.
(Ex. Hold a heavy book out to the side.)
This will give a didactic touch to the article.
Raise the Stakes
Let's face it, sometimes our classes can see a Kahoot lesson as a free class. (Especially teens)
To keep your students honest and giving effort PLUS an extra reward for the winners, give a small assignment to everybody except the top three teams as a prize.
Easter Egg Lessons:
- Learn about some of the dangers of using mobile phones too much
- What else can you find?
Extra Material and Lessons
How it works
1. Introduce the lesson by writing a question on the board. (Take one from the rrrather.com or make up your own)
2. Ask students to take out their phones and go to rrrather.com.
3. Do a could as a class. Explain the language, make corrections, demonstrate what you want them to do.
4. Choose 5 questions to ask to a partner.
5. Ask a partner and write down his/her answers.
6. Present partner's answers to the class.
Have you ever noticed...
"... and sometimes it's because they just don't want to be there."
"... and sometimes it's just because they don't want to be there."
... mean different things.
It might be a good idea to pre-teach any expressions you'd like them to use (especially B1 or low B2 levels).
How it works:
1. Get a partner
2. Open Instagram or your Photo Gallery
3. Choose a photo
4. Describe the photo and your partner draws what you describe.
This activity should last about 6-10 minutes depending on class size and how much you need to describe or demonstrate.
Photo On Screen
Create a PowerPoint or use the one available for members to show the photos on the screen, and have the students break into pairs. One partner has their back to the screen and the other partner describes the photo.
Students open their phones and follow the instructions above.
Combine Lessons for a Full Speaking Lesson
Find a complete lesson plan combining this lesson with PRONUNCIATION CALL to create an entire speaking lesson for your classes.
Ask the students to hide their drawing as their partner is describing. This will help the flow of the description so the conversation isn't filled with, "No, the hair is longer than that."
Two or three times each partner is enough. Any more than that, the students start getting bored. We want to keep them engaged.
Easter Egg Lessons:
Active Listening - Students will have to be engaged as they're drawing. They can even ask relevant questions while they are listening.
Cooperation - Students will have to work together while they're drawing and sharing numbers during the pronunciation call.
What else can you find?
Have more time.