This activity based on the idea of one child pretending to send a message to the in the class by telepathy. The idea is to see how many people receive the message correctly. This is another activity which is designed to make repetitive practice fun and a matter of real exchanges and interactions. It provides a reason for going over and over the same phrases. It can be done either as totally oral exercise or it can make a very useful exercise for classes which are already writing.
Language focus in this example As with all the best activities, it can used to practice almost any phrase. In this example the topic is the days of the week.
Materials requiredSome prompts for whatever you want to practice. In this example, they are letters written up on the board, but these prompts could also be pictures/symbols/words/sentences on the board.
This activity builds on oral work the children have already done. Even so, as with most activities, it is a good idea to ‘warm them up’ with some quick chorus and individual accurate repetition before you start. Suggested procedures
- Put the prompts on the board. ( write the first letter of the day of the week namely; M- T-W-T-F-S-S vertically)
- Do some quick revision by getting the children to practice saying them in chorus and individually
- Number each one
- Get one child to be a telepathist to come in front
- She/he whispers to you or writes down the number of the phrase ( It’s Thursday) she is going to transmit.
- She/he is given a few seconds to transmit the message to the others by ‘telepathy’.
- Each child in the class writes down the number of the phrase they have ‘received’.
- Check quickly round the class, getting each child to say the phrase they ‘received’.
- The child ( the telepathist) at the front can keep the score for each phrase alongside the prompts on the board.
- On the board we can see the result of transmission . the child( the telepathist) chose to ‘transmit’ Thursday and scored 3
- Repeat the whole process and let another child see if they can socre a higher number of correct ‘ transmissions’