Two to three actors
You will need
A “remote control” which can be an eraser or any small rectangular object. For ESL you can write on the blackboard the different television programs, including commercials.
One actor (A) sits in front of an imaginary television “screen” with a "remote".
One or two actors (B,C) are facing A (in the imaginary tv) and act out the different programs.
A says out loud what he/she wants to watch while B and C must act out the scene, A must not change stations too quickly.
The television actors must play off each other: If A speaks about the storm coming in, B will point to an invisible map and show the storm descending with wide movements. They can both be "blown" off stage. For a cowboy movie if B jumps on a horse, C also jumps on a horse in pretend pursuit. If it's a cooking channel one explains while the other chops...
The Boss and The Secretary
Both wear jackets and scarves (hats optional)
You will need
- Two jackets, scarves (hats optional) large enough to fit everyone in the group.
- For the secretary: An envelope with a note that says: "You just lost everything!"
a notebook and a pen.
ESL: You can put suggestions of sentences on the board
Boss is on the phone, making plans to... play golf, take the boat to the Caribbean, fly to Paris...?
Secretary walks up and hands Boss the envelope. Boss opens it, and finds out s/he has lost everything in bad investments.
Boss waves the paper in the air, blames everyone else for his/her misfortune, and walks back and forth extremely upset:
I've lost everything! My house! My boat! My plane!.....I'm an idiot!
Secretary follows Boss close behind and agrees to everything Boss says as soon as s/he says it, in a matter of fact way, and writes it down (pretend) in the notebook:
Yes, you've lost everything....You lost your house... Your boat... Your plane... You're an idiot.
When the Leader says "Change!" the rest of the group starts a countdown slowly
from ten to one.
The Boss and the Secretary have ten seconds to trade jackets, scarves (hats), paper, notebook, and pen so that the Secretary becomes the Boss and the Boss becomes the Secretary...
On the tenth second the new Boss must go right into the pacing back and forth, listing his/her losses, with the secretary right behind repeating everything.
PHONICS, VOCABULARY and IRREGULAR VERBS
That, These, This, Those, Thus - Thank, Think, Thought, Through, Thrust
The first time around say the the words like shots, full stop in between each word.
That! These! This! Those! Thus!
Thank! Think! Thought! Through! Thrust!
Repeat a few times, then start low and end very loud.
Repeat then do the reverse. Start loud and end low.
Repeat the words, except this time around don't pause in between, as if they were one word.
Repeat a few times, start low to loud, then loud to low.
Make it intense, as if sharing an important secret!
To run, To hide, To eat
Use the same method as above so the verbs are well assimilated
Make sentences with the following
Cannot, Could not, Would not, Shall not, Should not
I thought a thought but the thought I'd thought wasn't the thought I thought I'd thought.
Sheep shouldn't sleep in a bed, sheep should sleep in a shed.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?