World Weird Festivals

This activity can be a sort of quiz game for the students while practicing the "I think (that)... sentence pattern. Though it can be used with any other grammar lessons, like verb tenses.

Submitted by Joey_Ph

July 12, 2019

Inspired: Festivals

Estimated time: 30-50 minutes including explanation of rules

As teacher's prep, he or she should know a bit of info about the festivals as this will be useful in the students' sentence constructions.

1. Teacher asks students about some famous festivals in Japan.
2. As a bridging point for the activity, teacher asks for weird festivals in Japan.
3. Ask students what they think of these weird festivals and what gaijins might think about them.
4. Divide the class into groups of four.
5. Proceed to the presentation of the slides by telling them the country of origin and the name of the festival.
6. Before showing the choices, teacher asks students what they think is the answer to the trivia question. Students use the pattern "I think (that) it`s ...)
7. Depending on the available time for this activity, teacher may ask each group for their answers.
8. A consequence or challenge task may be given to the Bottom 3 groups.

  • I think that.pptx (15.5 MB)
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    1. UonumaRobert November 29, 2019

      Thanks for this. I was able to add a couple of ideas to my Summer Festivals quiz game.

    2. dorbo June 2, 2020

      Is it possible to take some tags off this? Although it can be used for almost any grammar point, it doesn't in it's current form. For example it doesn't really teach the wh words section at all. Sure it uses it, but doesn't teach it.

    3. Jake W June 4, 2020

      Yeah, it looks like the activity in its current form centers on the Declarative Content Clause, so I've removed most of the other grammar tags. At the present point I think it's best that if an activity has more than 3 or 4 grammar points, it's best to only use the "Can be applied to many grammar points" tag instead of lots of grammar point tags.

    4. ThatOneALT October 28, 2020

      If you want the students to practice more think sentences, you can change the questions to be slightly simpler. If you change all the names like "the racers" to "they," or "the demon," to "he," the students can easily write sentences like "I think they carry a keg" or "I think he jumps over a baby." That way they practice more forms than just "I think it's..."

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