1. Prepositional Pantomime
Time: 5 minutes
Receptive Language: instructions, in, on, under, by
Productive Language: in, on, under, by
Game Explanation: Have the students sit in a large circle & show them an actual box (the bigger the better). Demonstrate getting IN the box, sitting ON the box, sitting (or lying) UNDER the box, & sitting BY the box. Get rid of the box & pantomime the same actions. Have the students practice with you. Call out a prepositional phrase. Students must race to perform the correct action. Any students who make a mistake are kicked out of the circle. Continue until only you’re left. Congratulate yourself on your sure knowledge of prepositions. Repeat.
Note: If the class is small enough & you have access to enough supplies, there’s no reason why you couldn’t play this game with real boxes.
Time: 6-8 minutes
Receptive Language: instructions, prepositions
Productive Language: prepositions
Game Explanation: Review some simple prepositions. Divide the class into 2 teams, line them up across the classroom from the chairs (one for each team), & give each team a book or a bag. Call out ‘Put the book/bag under the chair!’
The first student on either team to correctly do so, return to his team, & repeat the prepositional phrase scores a point. Continue play until all of the students have had at least one chance. , nibh ante quis quis dolor sed mauris. Erat lectus sem ut lobortis, adipiscing ligula eleifend, sodales fringilla mattis dui nullam. Ac massa aliquet.
Time: 8-10 minutes
Receptive Language: instructions, in, on, under
Productive Language: in, on, under
Game Explanation: Explain in, on & under to the class. Demonstrate each term with one of the garbage bags. Have the students stand in a circle. Yell ‘On!’ & pass one garbage bag to the student on your left & one to the student on your right. The students must stand on the bag, yell ‘On!’, & pass it to the student next to them as quickly as they can. The garbage bags will eventually meet at one student, who can either be ejected from the game or become the teacher for the next round, handing the bags to the students on either side of her & yelling one of the commands.
Note: This activity can also be done as a team race competition.
Time: 8-10 minutes
Receptive Language: instructions, ‘Where am I?’, ‘Yes I am / No, I’m not’, ‘Close / near’, etc
Productive Language: Are you in / on / under / close to / near ____?’
Game Explanation: Spread a world map out on the floor so that all of the students can easily see it. Tell them ‘I am in the world. Where I am?’ The students then try & guess what country or city you’re in by asking you questions (‘Are you in Europe?’ or ‘Are you in Africa?’, ‘Are you in France?’ or ‘Are you in China?’, etc). Advanced students should be encouraged to ask whatever questions they can think of (‘Are you close to water?’ or ‘Are you near Japan?’ etc). You may want to allow them to ask their questions in Japanese at first, as long as you model the correct English translation & have them repeat it to you before you answer. Whichever student correctly identifies where you’re hiding in the world gets to pick a spot to hide in for the next round. Continue until all students have had a chance to hide in the world.
Divide class into teams of equal size and line them up. Opposite each team are two boxes and a fluffy toy. Teacher: Put the rabbit between the red box and blue box, etc. Once they gasp the concept make one child the teacher.