Airplane Crash

An activity to practice the "There is / There are" grammar by having the students search an airplane crash site.
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This activity is very similar to the linked Englipedia activity. Instead of saying "survivors," the students can say "person," "people," or whatever the item is. This is to practice words they know and are more likely to use. My vision for how to play the game is also different from the original, so feel free to use either method (or your own).

Materials / Required Items

  • An extra room / an empty classroom
  • Print out and Cut up the pictures (feel free to change the number of each item depending on what you want them to find)
  • Worksheet (one for each student)


  • Cut out the pictures and hide them around the empty classroom. In desks, under desks, by the window, etc.

How to Play

0) If necessary, review some prepositions before playing the game.
1) Split the class into groups of 3 or 4 depending on class size, the level of the students, and how many groups you want to be active at once during the activity.
2) Give each student the worksheet and explain what they're doing. An airplane has crashed into the empty classroom, and the students are helping to search the area. Everyone on the plane is safe, but they have to find them. The students are not official rescue people, so they can't take anything or move anything. However, they can write a report to help with the rescue.
3) One member from each group will go into the empty classroom and search for an item or person. Once they've found something, they come back and report to their group what they found. They have to say "There is a ~" or "There are ~" and specify where the item is. For example, "There is an apple under the desk." or "There are three phones by the window."
4) All group members write down where the item they searched for is and then a different group member goes to the empty classroom.
5) After some time (15 - 20 minutes should be enough), have the groups take turns reading off one of their sentences. After Group A reads their first sentence, have everyone check if they have the same location / if it's correct. If it's correct, all the groups with the same sentence get a point. Next, Group B reads a sentence, and this continues until everything has been found.

Other Notes

  • Be careful about the students trying to take the item from the empty classroom or moving the item while searching in the empty classroom. The students need to leave it where they found it.
  • Feel free to hide similar items close to each other. For example, 2 apples in the desk, and 1 apple under the desk. That way the students have to write their sentences correctly to specify which set of apples is which.
  • Since the students will be walking back and forth between the two classrooms, be careful about them disrupting other classes. Tell them they have to be quiet. If they start making too much noise, you can always stop the activity and do something else.
  • If you think idea of a plane crash is a little morbid, you can change the situation to something else. For example, maybe the students are stranded on a deserted island and need to find essential items for survival. Just change the pictures and the worksheet a little, and you'll be good to go.
  • I put a list of things to find on my worksheet so the students know what to write, say, and look for. If you don't want to have it, feel free to remove it.


Airplane Crash.docx

Airplane Crash Pictures.docx

Total 3

Estimated time: 30 - 40 minutes

Submitted by: ThatOneALT

November 12, 2020

ThatOneALT November 16, 2020

For reference, I use the ## Heading 2 for my sections since Heading 1 feels a little too large. If you look at the Markdown guide, everything else is pretty self-explanatory. After you submit an activity, but before it gets uploaded to the site for everyone to see, you can see how the activity looks to make sure the formatting is okay. If it's not, you can edit it before it gets uploaded. If you leave that page though, there's no way to edit the activity until it's uploaded.

rebvandev November 16, 2020

Thanks, Robert and Jake!

Jake the Admin November 14, 2020

On the activity submit/edit page, there's a link at the top that says "Markdown guide." You can put ## before a line to make it look like a heading and make bullet points by starting a line with * or - . Feel free to go back to any activity you've submitted and add them!

UonumaRobert November 13, 2020

The connecting them to other activities you have to do after you click submit. On the before approval page there is an option on the right side I think. As for the other stuff, I've no idea. I'd also be curious to know.

rebvandev November 13, 2020

This looks fun! By the way, how do you format your posts on this site with enlarged headlines, bullet points, and connecting them to other activities?

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