Lesson Share extras
Short activities which can be used to fill 15 minutes at the beginning, middle or end of a lesson.
Materials in this section have been written by teachers like you to share with other teachers. Please send in your extras to the web editor. We will publish the best and send a prize to the authors of published entries.
Warmer: An activity designed to get things started, wake up tired students (and teachers) and prepare brains, mouths, ears and eyes for English.
Filler: An activity you can add to a class because you have time to fill.
Icebreaker: Activities you can use to make people more relaxed at the beginning of a course.
Short 'extra' activities for use with young learners, including drawing pictures of dogs to practise making comparisons and a warmer to teach introductions.
Short 'extra' activities for use with your teenage students, including a couple of warmers involving riddles and a game with balloons.
Short debating 'extra' activities, including an activity where students try to convince tourists to go to their country.
Short 'extra' activities based on dictations, including a picture game and a warmer using news stories.
Short 'extra' activities based on discussions, including a game using proverbs and a guessing activity where students identify whether stories are true or fictional.
Short drama-based 'extra' activities, including an adverb game and a fun exercise in miming actions.
Short 'extra' activities to energize your class, including a musical chairs game about neighbours and a more complex version of the party favourite Simon Says.
Short 'extra' activities based on information exchanges, including a game involving ‘mystery guests’ and a warmer where students have to guess whether the teacher is lying.
Short 'extra' activities based on information gaps and guessing, including a detective game and a warmer/filler on telephone collocations.
Short grammar-based 'extra' activities, including a chain story for practising conditionals and a warmer using noughts and crosses.
Short memory-based 'extra' activities, including a game about clothes on a washing line and vocabulary bingo.
Short mingling ‘extra’ activities, including a ice-breaker called ‘Snowball fight’ and a word-pair game called ‘Fish and chips’.
A selection of miscellaneous warmers, fillers and icebreakers, including a number-crunching exercise and a game to describe tastes and smells.
Short 'extra' activities based on pictures, images, music and sounds, including one where students create an art gallery and an auction bidding activity.
Short 'extras' based on pre-reading and listening activities, including a warmer where students predict the story they are going to read.
Short 'extras' based on spelling and pronunciation activities, including a warmer to recycle vocabulary and a proofreading challenge.
Short 'extra' games-based activities to play as a team, including an anagram race and a classroom version of Who wants to be a millionaire?
Short 'extra' activities for grammar practice, including adaptations of pass the parcel and ‘scattergories’.