How to Extend Lessons for Upper-Level Students
Fear not, here are some suggestions to fill time:
- Review previous slides; play games more than once.
- Ask extension questions during animation tasks, stories or any slide really, such as:
- What else do you see?
- What do you think they're going to do?
- How do they feel?
- A lot of who, what, where, when, why and how questions!
- If there are role-play slides, it usually follows a question/answer type format so what you can do is have each student have a turn to ask and answer the same question.
- Select student 1 to ask the first question, select student 2 to answer the question and THEN you switch their roles for the same question. (Hope that makes sense.)
- Ask review questions during the last slide before the leaderboard (it's a great way to evaluate what the students have learned too):
- Ask students to tell you what vocabulary words and/or concepts they learned during the lesson and list them out using the text box tool
- Ask students to describe words and/or give meaning to words (e.g. what does ______ mean? )
- Ask students to make sentences using words/concepts they learned during the lesson.
- Ask the students to summarize the lesson if not already completed during the class (e.g. free talk topic). [For the upper levels, the lessons usually follow a story so you can ask students what's happened so far and what they think will happen next?]
- Play other word games, such as:
- Guessing games using vocabulary words and/or concepts from the lesson (e.g. hangman game)
- Pictionary -type game, where students try to guess what you're drawing (I once drew a whole scene out on a whiteboard and had the students guess or narrate the story, but a picture is cool too!)
- Many teachers have suggested tic-tac-toe using vocabulary words
- Word scramble- where you mix up the letters of a vocabulary word and have the students try to unscramble and guess the word.