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Elementary

A Nightmare Dream Holiday
A contest to win a dream holiday for two people turned into a tax nightmare for a Swedish student. (Income tax, dialogue, past simple and past continuous.)
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Cyber Lambs
Ten of New Zealand's 44 million sheep have their own web site, after Japanese school children adopted them. (Animals, the Internet, using 'at least', 'or more', 'over' and 'plus' with numbers.)
Elementary
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Parking Meters
Hundreds of motorists didn't have to pay for parking when new solar-powered parking meters stopped working because of Britain's bad weather. (Solar power, traffic, cars, sequencing, use of 'don't have to'.)
Elementary
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Talking about seasons
A good warmer for talking about dates and seasons in different parts of the world.
Elementary
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Phone Home
A British tourist lost in the Australian bush in heavy rain and fog rang his father in England on his mobile phone to get help. (Rescue, mobile phones, using present tense and past tense.)
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A Ship Came into the Harbour
This is a good warmer for reviewing letters of the alphabet, nouns and nouns phrases. It can also be used to discuss abstract nouns.
Elementary
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Mystery Caller
Staff at a Scottish safari park were shocked to discover a chimpanzee was the mystery caller who had kept phoning their mobile phones. (Animals, mobile phones, sequencing, writing a postcard, compound nouns.)
Elementary
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What time is it?
This simple warmer allows students to focus on question and statement intonation as well as structures for asking for and giving the time.
Elementary
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A Dog's Bark
A dog's bark stopped 180 Brazilian prisoners from escaping. (Animals, prison escape, word order for questions, 'to' used to give the purpose of an action.)
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Family of Ducks
Two duck stories. Tina Chen is very busy. She is mother for 16 ducklings in her 12th floor apartment. When a family of ducklings fell down a Vancouver sewer grate their mother asked a police officer for help. (Amazing true stories, ordering events, questions, headlines, using 'so' and 'because'.)
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T V Dinners
Children who eat lunch when they are watching TV take in more calories and children in families who usually watch television during meals eat less fruit and fewer vegetables. They also eat more pizza, snack food and caffeine-laced drinks. (TV watching, food, diet, children, family, health.)
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Spiderman - third time lucky
Alain Robert scaled one of the tallest skyscrapers in Barcelona without a harness. (Strange hobbies, dangerous activities, superlatives, sentence reconstruction.)
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Politics - No way
The article in this lesson tells of a survey of high school seniors in Japan on which jobs were least popular. The survey quoted students as saying, "the image of politicians is awful. It is a boring job. Their work doesn't matter." (Careers, politicians, Japan, 'because of' and/or 'because')
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A Cruise Ship Home
A retired British woman has decided to live on a cruise ship all the time and sail round the world, because it costs no more than staying in an old people's home. (Life styles, retirement, email, summarizing ideas, the present perfect with 'already'.)
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Lost Animals
This is about runaway animals - rabbits and a kangaroo hopping around a London suburb and a German motorway. (Kangaroos, rabbits, animals, escapes London, present perfect simple, nouns or verbs)
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High Tech Garbage
The city of Barcelona is putting micro chips in its 18,000 litter bins to try and make garbage collection easier. How? Do the lesson and find out!(Computers, micro chips, litter bins, Spain, technology, 'can' & 'can't', linkers, listing.)
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Heavy Fish
Why are South Korean quarantine officials using metal detectors? (Fish, imports, crime, customs officials, China, comparatives)
Elementary
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Late Learner
A Cameroonian man who dropped out of school in 1940 has gone back and passed his primary school exam at the age of 75. (Education system, school, drop out of school, Past Simple / Present Simple / Present Perfect.)
Elementary
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Vocabulary Review
This warmer uses key vocabulary written on cards to practice vocabulary.
Elementary
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Vocabulary Race
This activity revises vocabulary from a previous lesson and encourages students to listen for the meaning of words.
Elementary
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Vocabulary Guessing Game
This is a good warmer to practice recently taught vocabulary by using clues such as synonyms, antonyms, paraphrases or even gestures.
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What's that?
To review the names of things found in a classroom.
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Vocabulary - anagram
A simple activity to expose students to a particular lesson topic and to help them recall and expand their vocabulary.
Elementary
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Two Truths and a Lie
This warmer can be done on the first day of class for students to get to know a little about each other or later in the year to test how well students really know each other.
Elementary
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Transportation Mime
To review modes of transportation. To review verbs that are used with different modes of transportation. To practice using the present continuous to describe an action.
Elementary
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The Rhinoceros Word Game
A creative way to recall previously learnt vocabulary and to practise spelling.
Elementary
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Team Noughts and Crosses (Tick-Tack-Toe)
One of my all time favourite standbys that can be used to revise grammar or vocabulary. This game can be made as hard or as short as you like by defining the minimum number of words needed for each sentence.
Elementary
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Talking about the past
This warmer practises: Fluency, Question formation, Talking about the past, Reporting events, Birthdays.
Elementary
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Verb Card Relay
This is a good five-minute filler activity.
Elementary
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Zip Zap Zop
This is a good warmer for the first day of class because it encourages students to learn each other's names.
Elementary
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Sketch Your Weekend
An exercise to encourage spoken fluency when describing past events using the simple past tense.
Elementary
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Revising Irregular Verbs
A fun, noisy way to revise irregular verb forms and their pronunciation.
Elementary
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Question Mixer
This is a multilevel mixer - good for varied levels within one class, or for mixers with different level classes.
Elementary
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Guessing Game
This warmer which practices asking questions such as : "Is it a ....?". It is best used with a small class and is sent with "hearty greetings from Ukraine"!
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Please sign here
This ice breaker activity is good for putting students in a new class in a relaxed mood.
Elementary
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Number Toss
A handy wee warmer to practice numbers from 0 to 10 with elementary classes.
Elementary
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I Spy
This warmer is a good way to review classroom vocabulary.
Elementary
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Giving Instructions
A warmer to train beginner students how to give and follow instructions in English.
Elementary
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Getting To Know Each Other
I use this warmer at the beginning of a new class as an ice-breaker. It can give you a good idea of the strengths and weaknesses of your new students in just a very short time.
Elementary
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Following Instructions
This week's warmer is one of the simplest. It works well at the start of a lesson or during class to break up the routine, change pace and increase attention and heart rate.
Elementary
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Famous Persons Game
A warmer from Thailand to revise yes/no questions and to practice deductive reasoning.
Elementary
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Complete the Picture
This fun activity uses previously learned vocabulary and questions to obtain information from a partner to complete a drawing.
Elementary
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Antonym Flash Cards
A warmer to recall previously learnt antonyms and to also practice the pronunciation of words.
Elementary
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Am I a pizza?
This is a good warmer for revising vocabulary from previous lessons.
Elementary
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Skiing in the Desert
Would you like to go skiing in summer? In the desert?  Dubai is bringing in more than 400 tons of snow and ice to attract visitors to the Gulf Arab emirate. (Sport, tourism, using "Would you like to...")
Elementary
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The Yes/No Name Game
This is a really simple warmer that is good for breaking the ice on the first day of a new class or for a new student entering an already established class.
Elementary
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A Very Old Post Card
A postcard that took 112 years to get from Brisbane to Scotland has been sent back to Australia to be reunited with the granddaughter of the man who wrote it! (Parts of speech - nouns as verbs)
Elementary
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A Burglar's Finger
Police who were investigating a burglary in southeast Spain found more than just fingerprints to help them. (Crime, Spain, fingerprints, the use of articles)
Elementary
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A 5-year-old Bungee Jumper
This article is about a man in France who has been stopped from getting his 5-year-old son into the record books as the youngest ever bungee jumper. (Parents' rights, children, dangerous activities, world records, sports, past simple and present perfect)
Elementary
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Cooking
A survey says many British shoppers buy ready-made food and say it is their cooking. Another survey found that nearly half of men spent less than half an hour a week in the kitchen. (Cooking, eating, men and women, pronouns.)
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