Park Life and others

Flexible posters and worksheets that can be used to practice present progressive, past progressive, reduced relative pronoun and so on.

Park Life Poster

I made this poster using the art at Irasutoya. It can be used in a number of ways. I generally use it as a write and race relay type activity. ALT or JTE will ask the first question 'Who is Mike?' or 'What is Mike doing?' and they will write the answer 'Mike is jogging' or 'Mike is the boy jogging in the park' and bring the answer to a teacher. If it is okay give them the next question. They go back to their group, relay the question, the next student finds the answer and brings it to a teacher.

Characters Now and Everyday

I use this poster in much the same way but the focus is generally contrasting 'simple verbs' and 'present progressive'.

Three Scenes

I used to use this with New Crown One 2016 for my students 'present progressive' speaking tests. It is very similiar to the pictures in that textbook. With that book now out of print I might use this sheet for speak/write and race activities.

Park Life Introduction for Reduced Relative Pronoun

This is a companion for 'reduced relative pronoun'. I use it before doing the write and race activity using the park life worksheet. It introduces the language, points out that more than one word must be used in the clause and goes onto a speak and race activity. This is similiar to write and race. The students see the picture and sentence fragment and try to complete the sentence. One member from each group rushes to a teacher to answer and get points. Points can be based on speed or using random point cards. I usually use cards from a deck of cards (Ace, two, three, four and Joker for JANKAN to get 5 or lose all). Follow this up with the park life write and race in the same groups. Together you're looking at a full lesson.

Survivor Game and Parklife Worksheet 'reduced relative clause'

Survivor Game is played similiar to battleship. Note if I'm pairing Park Life with Add 10 details or the Speak and Race powerpoint mentioned above there will be no time for the survivor game.

Survivor Game is a pattern practice game. It is played in pairs. It is very similar to Battleship. To demonstrate it is useful to either draw a large copy on the board or print out large copies. Students take turns making sentences using the key language on the grid. When one student makes a sentence both students cross out the intersecting square. This means on your turn you'd make a sentence with an intersecting square that doesn't have a circle. After a time limit or three minutes or so stop the game and see how many of your circles are not crossed out. The student with the most remaining circles is the winner. There are two grids so the game can be played twice.

ADD 10 Details

This can be used in two ways.

It can be mainly a listening exercise. The students listen to the teacher describe what is in the space 'There is a bear sleeping on the sofa' and they draw in that detail. After adding the 10 details they can then write sentences about their room.

Alternately they can make pairs with other students and create the details themselves. Either play rock scissors paper and the loser tells the winner a detail they can add to the space. Or be cooperative and share details. In the later case I'd have student A say a detail and both add it then student B say a detail and both add it. This is the way I use the worksheet. To introduce the target language on the board I draw 'a cat sleeping in a box', 'a rabbit jumping on a chair' and 'two birds playing badminton under a table'. Then starting with the cat I ask 'What is this?' 'What is it doing?' and 'Where is it?' then I put them all together as a single sentence 'There is a cat sleeping in the box'. I have the students then make the next two sentences 'There is a rabbit jumping on the chair' and 'There are two birds playing badminton under the table' before demonstrating the game with the JTE.

Once they've added 10 details they can write sentences about the space.

An additional activity could be naming things. After adding ten details they can name the things. For example 'there is a bear sleeping on the sofa' is followed up with 'The bear sleeping on the sofa is Henry'.

The pictures used for the room worksheet were taken from a worksheet posted here. I can't remember where it is now though.

Small files
  • 6. Add 10 Details (park) reduced relative clause.docx (126 KB)
  • 6. Add 10 Details (room) reduced relative clause.docx (482 KB)
  • Medium files (requires an account to download) -
  • 1. Park Life Poster.docx (1.95 MB)
  • 2. Characters Now and Everyday.docx (1.34 MB)
  • 3. Three Scenes Picture.docx (2.4 MB)
  • 4. Park Life 'Intro for Reduced Relative Clause' with Speak and Race Game.pptx (7.29 MB)
  • 5. Park Life Work Sheet with Survivor Game 'Reduced Relative Clause'.docx (1.73 MB)
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    Submitted by UonumaRobert January 9, 2019 Estimated time: 15 to 20 minutes I'd guess
    1. akopoito January 27, 2023

      Thank you for sharing. Love the park life poster!

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