Improves cognitive flexibility
The whole class
While students are having fun throwing and ducking the "pies", they are learning to be aware and in control of their movements. If you can, film it so they see how it looks from the perspective of the audience. The students will be more attentive to their actions, and will love watching themselves.
Students stand in a wide circle. Each student picks up an imaginary pie from the ground, and throws it to a student on the other side of the circle.
First, practice a few times just the picking up the pie, before throwing it. Call it a "rehearsal". Explain that it's not a competition, it's like a performance and has to be acted a bit in slow motion, from picking it up, holding it back, and ready to throw.
While the students throw their pie they will also receive one as well, so they have to be alert to duck at the same time they are throwing.
They will have to "watch" the trajectory of the pie headed towards them before ducking. Some students may get more pies then others. In the next round the rule is to throw it to someone else.
PHONICS, VOCABULARY and IRREGULAR VERBS
(Please refer to the Sample Lesson Plan for details)
Brand, Break, Brim, Broad, Brunt - Track, Tree, Trip, Trouble, Trust,
Play, Pay, Tray, Bay, Gray, Day, Bray, Jay, Fray, Lay, Pray, May
HOMONYMS: Bark-Bark - Heel-Heel - Train-Train - Duck-Duck
HOMOPHONES: Ball-Bawl - Flea-Flee - Break-Brake
CONJUGATE VERBS: To be, To do, To break, To run
IMPROVISATION / DIALOGUE
Three actors: A, B, and C
For ESL write the sentences on the blackboard
A hires B to take care of his/her dog.
A makes sure B knows all the details about "Dicky", what it eats, how it eats, what it likes, when it's supposed to go out, and so forth.
Intermittently A is talking to the dog in a goofy way: "Goody, goody boy, who's my boy, yes, you're a good boy, who do you love..."
A leaves (make sure the door is opened properly and closed), get's in his/her car (make sure the car door is opened and closed properly) and zooms off.
B starts to fix Dicky's food when Dicky jumps out the window and runs away.
B, desperate to find Dicky, grabs the leash, runs out and calls the dog's name.... B's mobile rings, A (offstage) asks if everything is okay. B slows down and says cheerfully, "Oh yes, everything is dandy", all the while looking under benches and behind trees.
Finally B sees Dicky and puts the dog on the leash, but Dicky won't budge. B pulls with all his/her strength, pushes with all his/her strength.
C passes with his/her dog (one can tell it's a big dog). Fido, interested, runs after C's dog, pulling B offstage.
B must really give the impression of being pulled all the while leaning back, trying to keep the dog from going too fast, calling out.
A gets home, parks the car, opens the door, greets the dog who is ecstatic. A wants to know how things went. B says casually that everything went fine, no problems.
If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
A big black bug bit a big black dog on his big black nose!
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O! and Bingo was his name-o!
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o...
Clap I-N-G-O. Clap-I-N-G-O. Clap-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name-o.
*** There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o...
Clap-Clap-N-G-O.... Clap-Clap. N-G-O.... Clap-Clap-N-G-O and Bingo was his name-o.
Clap-Clap-Clap-G-O... Clap-Clap-Clap G-O... Clap-Clap-Clap-G-O... and Bingo was his name-o.
Clap-Clap-Clap-Clap-O... Clap-Clap-Clap-Clap-O...Clap-Clap-Clap-Clap-O and Bingo was his name-o.
Clap-Clap-Clap-Clap-Clap... Clap-Clap-Clap-Clap-Clap... Clap-Clap-Clap-Clap-Clap and Bingo was his name-o.