Improves memory

​"Match Maker"

You will need;
1 - Two cards for each vegetable, one for the image, and one for the word.
2 - Two boxes or paper bags to put the cards.

One box holds the images of vegetables, folded in half, image inside. 
The other box has the names of vegetables, folded in half, word inside. 

If you have time it's best to have the group draw and write the words.
Draw the vegetables, one on each card - and write the names, one on each card.

 If there are twelve in the class, have six images and six names per game.

Half the students pick from the box with the images. The other half picks from the second box with the words. They must hide their images/words and walk around pretending to be extra polite, bowing to each other, what a nice day, anything to distract attention from the cards (tell the group everyone is a potential detective or spy).

When you say "Now!" everyone puts up the images and words. The students must connect and pair up.

Gather the images and words back in the boxes and start over. This time the group walks as if the ground were sticky. The third time around as if the ground were hot...


(Please refer to the Sample Lesson Plan for the exercises)

Grape, Greed, Grind, Grope, Grub - Drain, Dread, Drip, Drown, Drunk

Drain, Pain, Crane, Sane, Blame, Cane, Frame, Dane, Flame, Game

​HOMONYMS: Bore-Bore - Groom-Groom - Row-Row
HOMOPHONES: Carrot-Carat - Rude-Rued - Hostile-Hostel

CONJUGATE: To eat, To drink, To grow, To feed


​The whole class

The students walk around the room slowly, looking for something on the ground. They are careful not touch each other, if they do both parties are out for a few minutes.

After a minute or so the educator or student reads the instructions.

Stop. Look closely at a spot on the ground and grab a carrot top. Pull. It won't budge. Pull harder. Harder! Grab a shovel to dig it out. Shake off the dirt and lift it high, as a trophy. 'Thumbs up' with the other hand.

Make certain the movements are big and deliberate. The objective is to entertain the audience.

Pass the (imaginary) carrot to your neighbor on the right. How does it taste? 

Students must make a face to describe how it tastes to them


Six students line up, facing the audience. You can have a real carrot, or the drawing of a carrot

The purpose is to keep the words flowing from one student to the next.

The first student in line passes the carrot to the student next to him/her. 

1– Do you like carrots?  
2– No, I don’t like carrots. ( 2 takes the carrot and turns to 3 ) Do you like carrots?
3– No, I don’t like carrots. ( 3 takes the carrot and turns to 4 ) Do you like carrots?
4– No, I don’t like carrots. ( 4 takes the carrot and turns to 5 ) Do you like carrots?
5– No, I don’t like carrots. ( 5 takes the carrot and turns to 6 ) Do you like carrots?

6– Yes, I do, I love carrots! 

6 gives the carrot back to 5, who must hold the imaginary carrot up and say a positive adjective: Carrots are beautiful! (Delightful, wonderful)... before passing it to 4...  (you can have a list of positive adjectives on the blackboard)

Tell them to pass another vegetable, very quickly like a movie fast-forward.

ESL: Change the pronouns (Does "she" like carrots? No she doesn't, yes she does, she loves carrots).


Kate counted the countless carrot cakes carried by crazy Count Kerry.

Perry, Paul and Pete put the plastic plates in a perfect pile.


"My Parrot He Won't Eat His Parrots"
(To the tune of: My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)

My parrot, he won’t eat his carrots, he doesn’t like carrots you see.
My parrot, he won’t eat his carrots, how silly my parrot can be.

My parrot, he truly hates carrots, he’d rather eat honey and bread.
My parrot, he won’t eat his carrots, he’d rather eat candy instead.

Separate the students into groups to sing the different stanzas. Have them face the audience, deadpan. 

Sing it overlapping.


"​ Wish I Were a Pepperoni Pizza"
(To the tune: I Wish I Were an Oscar Meyer Wiener)

Oh, I wish I were a pepperoni pizza.  That is what I’d truly like to be.
For if I were a pepperoni pizza.  Everyone would be in love with me!

Sing it overlapping.

If you are planning to hold a small performance, you can have students dressed as a pizza acting like movie stars in front of the cameras.

Lesson Plan

There are 350 different species of parrots.

Parrots are among the most intelligent birds.

They are the only birds that can east with their feet.

Some parrots can live over eighty years.

The heaviest parrot is the "kakapo" that can weigh as much as 9 pounds.

The buff-faced pygmy parrot is the smallest, which weighs about 0.4 ounces and is only 3 inches tall.

Parrots were favorite pets (along with cats) of the ancient Egyptians 5,000 years ago.

Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, owned a parrot called "Pol" that was taught to curse in both Spanish and English.

George Washington's wife had a parrot called "Polly" that did not like him. When they were in the same room, Polly and America's first president eyed each other with suspicion.

Kakapo parrot
Pygmy parrot
Kakapo parrots
Pygmy parrot